NCJW Networking & Speaker Event: Gun Sense
Date(s) - Thu, Jan 11, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
The next NCJW program is Thursday, January 11th at a private home in Northwest Hills. Location will be given when you rsvp. The time is 7:00pm to 8:45pm (networking time 7:00 to 7:30). Snacks and beverages will be served. RSVP to email@example.com.
Guest speakers, Elva Mendoza, Texas Legislative Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Tracy Grinstead-Everly, Public Policy Manager with the Texas Council on Family Violence will present a brief introduction to Moms Demand Action, including legislative successes. An overview of the scope of the gun violence epidemic and the most current firearms data will be presented. Our speakers will address existing and proposed legislation and policies, highlighting the lethal intersection with family violence. Finally, these experts will provide suggestions for getting involved in meaningful change and tips for effective advocacy.
Elva Mendoza has served as the Lead Legislative Volunteer for the Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for the past two and a half years. She assists in coordinating the state and federal legislative efforts of over a dozen Texas Moms Demand Action chapters. In January, she led volunteer planning of the organization’s largest Texas Lobby Day to date. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Ms. Mendoza provided legal and hospital advocacy to survivors of sexual and domestic violence, provided community advocacy and education around domestic and sexual violence as well as sexual health, and helped to oversee state-funded HIV/AIDS prevention services programs. She holds Masters Degrees in Public Health and Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and resides in Austin with her husband and three children.
Ms. Tracy Grinstead-Everly, JD, is the legal Public Policy Manager with the Texas Council on Family Violence, dedicated to developing and promoting laws and policies that expand safe options for family violence survivors. She has been working in the family violence field for over 26 years. She currently sits on numerous community and professional committees and boards dedicated to access to justice, particularly for family violence survivors and marginalized populations. She graduated magna cum laude from Teikyo Westmar University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in history, philosophy and political science. She received her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 1995. Tracy is the proud mother of two incredible children. Tracy believes that the keys to happiness in a relationship are mutual respect and finding that sweet spot of compromise that you can live with and still be true to yourself. As such, she keeps her feminist bumper stickers on magnets, so when her wonderful husband of more than 20 years drives her car he can remove them if he so chooses.