SESSION THREE | 3:00 – 4:00 PM

This Is Not A Gun: Cultural Trauma,
Racial Equity, and Collective Creative Action

Led by Jennie Lamensdorf, Becky Laughner, Cara Levine, Jade Thacker and Moms Demand Action


Note: No advance registration required. Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis

Forward Union will host a discussion and art-making workshop relating to gun violence and gun control with socially engaged artist collaborative This Is Not A Gun and the non-profit advocacy organization Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America. This discussion aims to create meaningful dialogue around race equity and gun control while demonstrating Forward Union’s social practice and mission as a coalition-building initiative connecting social justice organizations, artists, and creative communities. A facilitator from This Is Not A Gun will then lead the inclusive art-making activity. The workshop will uphold a non-judgemental space, with hands busied, participants can speak openly about their anger, fear, concern, loss, and hope.
Jennie Lamensdorf is a Co-Founder of Forward Union based in San Francisco.
Becky Laughner is a Lead Organizer of Forward Union based in New York.
Cara Levine, an artist, is the Founder and Director of This Is Not A Gun based in Los Angeles.
Jade Thacker is a creative producer and writer based in New York.
Volunteers from Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.