Video Available to Gun Violence Prevention Forum: “Together We Can Find Solutions to This Community Epidemic” Held Tuesday, June 14.

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Gun Violence Prevention Forum: “Together We Can Find Solutions to This Community Epidemic” was presented by the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford on Tuesday, June 14 at Second First Church, 318 N. Church Street from 6 – 8PM.

Panelists included:  Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, Jennifer Cacciapaglia, Director of Mayor’s Office on Domestic and Community Violence Prevention, Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd, State’s Attorney J. Hanley, State Representative Maurice West, County Board Chairman Joe Chiarelli and LWVIL Chair GVP State Committee Jim McGrath.

Panelists had 2-3 minutes for opening comments, followed by a time for Q & A.  Attendees had an opportunity to share their ideas on how our community can be involved to help.

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Dr. Sandra Martell, head of the Winnebago County Health Department issued a thank you to the LWVGR and a proclamation.

Public Health Administrator for Winnebago County Dr. Sandra Martell wrote:

“I want to thank the League of Women Voters for bringing the issue of gun violence to the forefront. Violence has consistently been identified as a community health priority for Winnebago County over the past decade. 
“Attached is a Proclamation for A CALL to ACTION.  Violence should be treated as the epidemic it has become which threatens the health of all.”

issued 6/10/2022