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Gun Violence and Advocacy

Please join us Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 9:00 AM for the “Gun Violence and Advocacy” Session of the Human Rights Film Festival. Our feature film for this session will be Us Kids, a documentary following the March For Our Lives movement, which was founded by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida that took 17 lives and impacted many more. The film shares not only these activists’ stories, but how their movement has ignited students around the country to be active and aware of local elections and policy. 

The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the impact of gun violence on victims and their families, the importance of gun policy for preventing further tragedies, and possibilities for reform. Leading the panel will be Dr. Jesenia Pizarro, an Associate Professor of ASU in the School of Criminology and a member of Firearm Safety Among Children. Joining us by Zoom will be the Director/Producer of Us Kids, Kim A. Snyder, and Samantha Fuentes, a survivor of the Parkland shooting and current activist; our in-person panelists will be Rep. Jennifer Longdon of Arizona’s 24th District; and Marie Thearle, MD, a leader of the group Moms Demand Action Phoenix chapter.

If you would like to join the session and gain a valuable perspective on gun violence and actions that can be taken to foster change, please RSVP at https://na.eventscloud.com/hrff-2022.

Session Schedule: Saturday, April 16, 2022

9:00 AM      Welcome to the HRFF

                     Showing of Us Kids (86 min)

10:50 AM    Presentation and Panel Discussion 

                      Presentation: #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence

                      Panel Moderator: Dr. Jesenia Pizarro - Professor at ASU’s School of Criminology


                           Kim A. Snyder - Director/Producer of Us Kids

                           Samantha Fuentes - Survivor of Parkland Shooting and Activist

                           Rep. Jennifer Longdon - Arizona State Representative and Survivor

                           Dr. Marie Thearle - Leader of Moms Demand Action of Phoenix 

12:00 PM    Session Conclusion

Here is a link to additional resources for gun policy advocates and survivors: https://linktr.ee/HRFF


For the trailer of the film, visit Us Kids.