NCJW January Event Features Discussion on Gun Violence in U.S.

NCJW January Event Features Discussion on Gun Violence in U.S.

National Council of Jewish Women will feature 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, at a Jan. 11 event.

Mendoza and Grinstead-Everly will present a brief introduction to Moms Demand Action, including legislative successes; give an overview of the scope of the gun violence epidemic and the most current firearms data; address existing and proposed legislation and policies, highlighting the lethal intersection with family violence; and provide suggestions for getting involved in meaningful change and tips for effective advocacy.

Mendoza has served as lead legislative volunteer for the Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for the past two and a half years.

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, 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 master’s 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.

Grinstead-Everly 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.

Grinstead-Everly has been working in the family violence field for more than 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. Grinstead-Everly graduated magna cum laude from Teikyo Westmar University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in history, philosophy and political science. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 1995.

Grinstead-Everly is the mother of two children.

The program will be held Thursday, Jan. 11, from 7 until 8:45 p.m., with networking time from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be served.

For location, RSVP to jackienirenberg@gmail.com.

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