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#SalemOR Progressive Film Series – Tonight! Tuesday, Sept. 20th

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Grand Theater, Salem, Oregon

Under the Gun examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase. Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista and Tucson, as well as those who experience daily gun violence in Chicago, the documentary looks at why politicians are finding it difficult to act and what is being done at the state and local levels. The film is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig.

 Guest Speakers:

Penny Okamoto, Executive Director, Ceasefire Oregon

Penny Okamoto has been working to reduce gun violence since she joined the Million Mom March in 2000. She joined the Ceasefire Oregon Board of Directors in 2000 and has been the executive director since 2010 and the executive director of Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation since 2015. Her work with Ceasefire Oregon includes policy decision and research. Ms. Okamoto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and was a research biologist.

Ms. Okamoto became involved in gun violence prevention in the aftermath of the Thurston High School shooting and the shooting death of Kayla Rolland in 2000. Kayla was just 6 years old when she died. The first-grade boy who shot her found a gun in his home and took it to school. Kayla Rolland was the youngest victim of a school shooting until the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Ms. Okamoto hopes you will join her in the movement to reduce gun violence.

Zicra Lukin, Volunteer Oregon Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense

Zicra advocates and organizes for common sense gun legislation and works to change gun culture norms. She started volunteering with the organization in 2015, working to get a universal background checks bill passed in the Oregon Legislature.

Originally from Boston, Zicra lived overseas for a number of years, including two spent in Yemen – the second most heavily armed country in the world, after the U.S. She lives with her husband and two spirited young daughters in Portland, where she enjoys cooking, hiking and dancing.

Grand Theatre | 191 High Street NE, Salem, Ore.

7 p.m. | Third Tuesday, Sept-May

Admission is $5

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