BWNJ: Gun Violence Education & Effective Advocacy: A Public Forum on Thursday March 21

posted Mar 17, 2013, 10:24 AM by Karen C.
March 8, 2013

BlueWave presents:
Gun Safety in America
An Education Forum & Panel Discussion 
Thursday March 21 - 6:30pm in Montclair 

A Public Education Forum and Panel Discussion on understanding the issues surrounding our epidemic of gun violence in America - how we got here, what we can do now to shape and pass legislation, and how we can become effective advocates in the fight to eliminate more tragic and unnecessary deaths from gun violence.  
We are honored to be joined by Michael and Teresa Pohle of Flemington to speak about their personal experience. The Pohles lost their son Michael Jr. to gun violence during the Virginia Tech tragedy in 2007. They have since become vocal advocates for efforts to reduce gun violence and access to dangerous weapons, including work with the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (M.A.I.G) and in New Jersey Coalition to Reduce Gun Violence.  Joining them on the panel will be:
Jim Johnson is a former Clinton Administration official and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During his tenure at the Treasury Department from 1996-2000, Mr. Johnson served as Under Secretary for Enforcement, and oversaw the operations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), Secret Service, the US Customs Service, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  During his time in the U.S. Attorney's office in New York, he assisted in the management of the Criminal Division while prosecuting a wide variety of criminal cases, and  served on the White House Security Review.   He is former Chair of the Board of the Brennan Center for Justice and is also a trustee of the Montclair Art Museum. 
Rob V. Tessara  is the founder of Safe School Technologies, and a recognized expert on youth violence prevention. Robert was the National Law Enforcement Director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, where he worked with leading law enforcement executives and members of Congress to support common-sense legislation to prevent gun violence. He has served as National Membership Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers.  He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police where he serves as a member of their firearms and juvenile justice committees. He recently participated in a private meeting with Pres. Obama to discuss gun violence among our nation's youth.
Topics covered during the panel discussion will include 
  • an update on current proposed legislation at the federal and state level 
  • what constructive actions you can take to move the debate forward 
  • how to get citizen-driven momentum started in your community
Forum is free & open to the public.  
To reserve a seat RSVP at the link below. Please contact BlueWaveNJ at 201-306-4016 or email us at with questions.

RSVP NOW to reserve your seat! 

Sandy Hook Comes to New Jersey  
Saturday March 9, 9:30-10:30 AM 
The Morris Area Committee to Reduce Gun Violence (MAC-RGV) one of BlueWaveNJ's Coalition to Reduce Gun Violence partners, is hosting a very special event Saturday,"Morristown Makes the  Sandy Hook Promise."

Rob Cox, a Newtown CT resident and a co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise will be the featured speaker and be in attendance as participants are invited to "Make the Sandy Hook Promise" - by pledgings to honor the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
WHEN: Saturday March 9th, before before the start of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Morristown - the largest in NJ! (rain or shine) 
WHERE: Presbyterian Parish House 65 South Street, Morristown
Participants are invited to a light breakfast and prime viewing of the Parade.
No RSVP needed but please help spread the word - join and share on Facebook

For more information, visit

If you can help by volunteering before the event, or helping to hand out flyers during the parade, please contact or call 201-306-4016 for more information.
Learn more about the Sandy Hook Promise:


Forward Together Ball Save the Date
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Mark your Calendars for BlueWave'sForward Together Ball
Friday April 5  -  7-11 pm
Mayfair Farms, West Orange NJ
Please support BlueWave and join us in honoring our 2013 Award Recipients:
Daniel Gross  President, Brady Campaign to Reduce Gun Violence
Jeh Johson  outgoing General Counsel Deptartment of Denfense
Francesca Elms  Co-Chair CeaseFireNJ Northern NJ Chapter
Larry Englestein  Executive VP & Director of Collective Bargaining SEIU 32BJ
Robert Feinberg  Board Chairman and co-founder Montclair Film Festival
Lois Whipple  Executive Director, Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence
Mary Alice Williams  Professor and broadcast journalist


Dinner, Cocktails, a Silent Auction and Dancing. Live music provided by Jazz House Kids, DJ Andromeda Turre and DJ Lou. Dress for the evening is "colorful."
Ticket proceeds benefit BlueWaveNJ and CeaseFire. 
Silent Auction items benefit Succeed2gether (BWPIF) and anti-violence programs. 

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