Emerge America Webinar

On January 30th, 2013 Emerge America hosted a webinar entitled “Changing the Debate and Forging Solutions: How to Lead the Dialogue on Guns in America” which featured excerpts from Janet Fitch’s Guns, Grief and Grace series as well as a presentation from Third Way’s Jim Kessler to reflect on our recent history of gun violence in America and ways to re-frame the debate in terms that will help win the crossover support necessary to achieve lasting and effective policy solutions. Below are some additional materials we’ve put together to further expand this conversation.

Simon Rogers of The Guardian created a great data visualization of gun ownership and gun homicides around the world and Olga Khazan of the Washington Post put together some analysis based on this information.

Washington Post also released a collection of relevant facts and figures entitled Everything you need to know about the assault weapons ban, in one post in December 2012.

The Atlantic recently published a closer look at how gun homicides are distributed within the United States. Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH of George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services wrote a great piece in Scienceblogs’ The Pumphandle Gun violence is a U.S. public health problem.

Nate Silver’s recent New York Times postIn Public ‘Conversation’ on Guns, a Rhetorical Shift has some great information on how Newtown shifted the conversation surrounding gun violence.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a study in October 2012 on Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting children

The Whitehouse has proposed a plan to reduce gun violence.

You can also find more useful information from the CDC’s data on injuries in the United States through it’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (or WISQARS) tool.

Another Editorial Featured in The Progressive

We are happy to announce that another one of Janet’s editorials Let’s stop the epidemic of gun violence in America was recently featured in The Progressive. In it she discusses our need to develop a Public Health and Prevention framework for dealing with the issue of gun violence in the US.

Janet’s Editorial featured in The Progressive

We are excited to announce Janet’s recent editorial Gun violence is not a partisan issue has been picked up by The Progressive!

Door County Compass (1st)

New Moon Productions | newmoononline.com

Outreach

Award Winning Milwaukee filmmaker brings works on gun violence to Compass Coffeehouse

March 23, 2005

Staff Report

Door County Compass

FISH CREEK, WI – On an average day in the United States, guns are used to kill almost eighty people, and to wound nearly three hundred more. Since 1980 more men, women, and children have been killed by gunfire in the United States than US servicemen and women killed during battle in all of the wars dating from the Revolutionary War to the present.

“If any other consumer product had this sort of disastrous effect, the public outcry would be deafening,” says Harvard Professor of Health Policy, David Hemenway. “Yet when it comes to guns, such facts are accepted as a natural consequence of supposedly high American rates of violence.”

Milwaukee filmmaker and media activist Janet Fitch responded to the ongoing wave of gun violence with an idea – create a documentary film that would generate community discussion. That seed sprouted into “Guns, Grief and Grace in America,” a trilogy project co-produced with Brad Pruitt, that is now generating tremendous community support, dialogue and winning international attention.

The Compass Coffeehouse in Fish Creek has taken on a similar mission hosting an ongoing series of films each Saturday to stimulate dialogue and community awareness. “Dear Rita,” the first film in Janet Fitch’s trilogy on gun violence will be shown on Saturday, March 26 at 6:30 PM.

Fitch presents the story of Cynthia Martinez and her family, living in Milwaukee and losing their 11-year-old daughter Rita to a stray bullet. The loss galvanized Martinez to take an active role in the Million Mom March in 2000.

“At a time when we may become numb by yet another killing it is hoped that the intimate, honest and emotional testimony of this film galvanizes the Door community to respond to gun violence in a new way,” says Compass film coordinator Steve Kastner.

Filmmaker Janet Fitch sides with an increasing number of groups like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Harvard School of Public Health, a flood of public health officials, medical associations, hospitals, and universities that are looking at the issue of gun violence as a public health crisis.

Harvard Professor David Hemenway, who also serves as director of the university’s Injury Control Research Center is one of many public health experts that believe we should be emphasizing prevention over punishment regarding gun violence. His recently published book, “Private Guns, Public Health,” promotes applying the same type of public-health approach that has been so successful in reducing the rates of injury and death from infectious disease, car accidents, and smoking to the national epidemic of gun violence.

Fitch recently worked with the Medical College of Wisconsin in hosting a “Partners in Prevention” event and is planning another collaboration with another prominent medical center in Wisconsin to seek possible “cures” for gun violence by sharing information with practitioners, medical students and the public.

“Americans need to discover again their individual and collective political voice on critical issues,” says Fitch. “Dear Rita wakes us up and compels us to needed civic engagement relative to gun violence.”On April 2 at 6:30 PM Janet Fitch will bring her second work in the trilogy to Fish Creek in person. “The Promise of America,” her documentary on the Million Mom March will be shown at the Coffeehouse followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. The final film in the series, “The Right to Bear Arms: One State’s Perspectives” is currently in post-production.

Janet’s company, New Moon Productions was established in response to the local and national interest surrounding her first documentary: “Through One City’s Eyes: Race Relations In America’s Heartland,”which examined the topic of race relations in Milwaukee from the riots of the sixties to the present. In 2003 Janet Fitch was voted Best Local Activist by the Sheperd Express Newspaper in their annual “Best of Milwaukee” poll.

Saturday, April 9 the Compass Coffeehouse features the work of Philadelphia filmmaker, Bernadine Mellis. “The Forest for the Trees: Judi Bari v. the FBI” is the story of Earth First! organizer Judi Bari whose car was bombed in 1990. Within three hours of the bombing, Bari was accused of transporting the explosives that had nearly killed her. Still in the hospital, she was arrested, and labeled a terrorist in the national media. “The Forest for the Trees” is a documentary film made by the daughter of the attorney who successfully defended Judi Bari in a civil suit against the FBI that few believed she could win.

Located in unit B-18 of the Top of the Hill Shops at the north end of Fish Creek, the Compass Coffeehouse is open daily the year ’round and features all Fair Trade and Organic coffee, tea, chocolate and an Internet Café with high speed cable and wifi access. Find a detailed map and further information on-line.

MORE GUN VIOLENCE STATISTICS

  • The U.S. has the highest rate of overall gun death for children less than 15 years of age, as compared to the rate for 25 other industrialized countries combined.
  • Most gun-owning families store guns loaded, unlocked or both.
  • The estimated cost of gunshot wounds annually is $112 billion in the
    United States and approximately 49% of the costs of gun-related injuries and deaths are paid for by the public.

The Violence Policy Center

Door County Compass (2nd)

New Moon Productions | newmoononline.com

Outreach

Meet Janet Fitch… Milwaukee’s award-winning indie filmmaker

“Promise of America,” at the Compass Coffeehouse Saturday, April 2 at 6:30 PM

FISH CREEK, WI - While you may be concerned about the state of affairs on a global or a local level, finding a way to make a difference usually means learning to communicate your ideas… on a big scale. That’s been the goal of Milwaukee filmmaker Janet Fitch who founded New Moon Productions on the success of her first documentary: “Through One City’s Eyes: Race Relations In America’s Heartland.”

She grew this first documentary film into a Gabriel award winning project that included: a classroom series, a dedicated web site, a radio series, live call-in simulcast, and 10 community forums, the last of which was hosted by Congressman Tom Barrett. The documentary currently resides in the U.S. Library of Congress.

Her follow up effort with Brad Pruitt documents women and their families traveling from Milwaukee to the Million Mom March against gun violence in Washington, D.C.. A compelling documentary, “Promise of America,” will show at the Compass Coffeehouse on Saturday, April 2 at 6:30 PM and filmmaker Janet Finch will be there in person to discuss her work.

In 2003 Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express Newspaper voted Janet Fitch the Best Local Activist. Last year the Association for Women in Communications presented her with the 2004 Professional Communicator of the Year award.

Her activist strategy uses the genre of independent films to promote discussion and community action. “Promise of America” is the second film in a trilogy on gun violence that she hopes will be seen in venues like the Compass where follow up discussions take place. The first film in the series, “Dear Rita,” documents the stray-bullet killing of an eleven-year old Milwaukee girl. It was shown at the Compass last Saturday to a predominantly local audience.

The general reaction was one of distant concern, since nothing quite like this happens very often in Door County. Then, two vacationers in the audience, Michelle De Brabant and her mother described what it was like to live in the city at 27th and Mitchell Boulevard.

“We used to go to bed each night to the sounds of regular gunfire and sirens,” she explained. “We finally moved to get away from it.” Suddenly the discussion became relevant.

You may not be the next Werner Herzog planning to send a film to Sundance but there are lots of ways to focus attention on a cause worth fighting for. Learn how Janet Fitch is making a difference by talking with the artist in person this Saturday at the Compass Coffeehouse in Fish Creek at 6:30 PM. The final film in her series, “The Right to Bear Arms: One State’s Perspectives” is currently in post-production. There is no charge to attend the screening, but any contributions to help fund her work are encouraged.

Saturday, April 9 you can see Deborah Koons Garcia’s film documenting, “The Future of Food,” a documentary about how GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are being slipped into the supply chain.

Saturday April 16 the Compass Coffeehouse features the work of Philadelphia filmmaker, Bernadine Mellis. “The Forest for the Trees: Judi Bari v. the FBI” is a documentary film made by the daughter of the attorney who successfully defended environmentalist Judi Bari in a civil suit against the FBI that few believed she could win.

Located in unit B-18 of the Top of the Hill Shops at the north end of Fish Creek, the Compass Coffeehouse is open daily the year ’round and features all Fair Trade and Organic coffee, tea, chocolate and an Internet Café with high speed cable and wifi access. Find a detailed map and further information on-line.

Links

Million Mom March

Molly Snyder Edler interviews Janet Fitch in…

Milwaukee’s “Michael Moores” premiere film at Rosebud

COMING SOON TO GA…

Rev. Chris Buice of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church will join UU filmmaker Janet Fitch for discussion following each screening. Help lead the Faith Community as conveners of a new conversation- reframing discussion of gun violence to a public health focus on prevention.

SCREENING & DISCUSSION TIMES

Thursday, June 24 – 1 to 2:45p.m.
Friday, June 25 -1 to 2:45p.m.

Hilton Minneapolis (connected via skyway to the Minneapolis Convention Center)
1001 Marquette Avenue South

Board Room 1 is located on the third floor

**We will also collect signatures to add gun violence prevention to the
Peacemaking SAI – please stop in to sign!**

Learn more at Changing the Conversation: America's Gun Violence Epidemic.

New Moon Productions’ 3-part, award-winning documentary series: Guns, Grief & Grace in America, looks at the topic through local, national and state lenses. The goal is to reframe discussion to a non-polarized, public health model for prevention. The completion film offers diverse state perspectives; audiences acclaim it as the most exciting yet, and a powerful tool for creating a fresh, solution-based dialog.

Changing the Conversation: America’s Gun Violence Epidemic
Part three in the Guns, Grief and Grace in America trilogy
Directed by Janet Fitch, New Moon Productions. TRT: 87 minutes

Changing the Conversation: America’s Gun Violence Epidemic

Gun violence is generally discussed in terms of urban homicides, yet startling statistics tell another story. This film reframes the conversation of America’s gun violence epidemic by shifting the focus from Second Amendment rights to public health prevention. Engage in a radically logical approach to restructuring how we think, speak and act on gun violence through three distinct lenses. Hear from lawmakers, activists, urban musicians united for change and a quiet town, searching for answers after a domestic violence murder-suicide. Wisconsin, serves as a model for every state with urban, suburban, small town and rural populations. Public health experts offer impressive evidence as they present the benefits of reframing this currently polarizing conversation to focus on the broader story. Hope emerges with the awareness that diverse populations experience critical social issues in different ways, and that strategies for prevention will succeed -
when driven by data, instead of ideology.

Total running time: 87 minutes.

The Old Conversation – Part 1
Madison, WI – the state capitol, is the site polarizing legislative sessions and an astounding back room interview with a State Senator, revealing bullying strategies and techniques, tying up countless hours of time on legislation to expand gun rights. The Governor pleads for time to discuss “the more important issues of jobs, health care and education.” Domestic violence and suicide prevention groups from across the state arrange to meet up with urban mothers of homicide victims to combine their influence on the topic.

We Are the Ones -Part 2
Milwaukee, WI – in the state’s largest city, an urban recording studio is headquarters to three spoken word poets and activists, whose performances and personal journeys towards organizing with youth and community groups reveal a vibrant approach as they delve into the physical and emotional infrastructure of urban youth violence. Their activity and performances invite a new discussion of race and class in America with questions arising such as, “What are the roots of urban youth violence – why is the blame placed squarely on our youth – and what are WE going to do about it?”

Forgive Us – Part 3
****Marshfield, WI – a mid-sized town in the center of the state (population 20,000) suffers a domestic violence murder-suicide, convincing a local minister, his church and some town activists to attempt a new public health-based conversation. “The silence is deafening” surrounding gun violence in a town, steeped in generations of hunting tradition. Hunters and family members clearly state their desire to find ways to prevent more of the deaths that tragically affect small town, farm and rural areas. Startling statistics on domestic violence and suicide emerge as the story unfolds.

VPI CALL FOR PARTNERSHIPS

MCW Youth Violence Prevention Initiative announces a
CALL FOR PARTNERSHIPS

This spring, the MCW Youth Violence Prevention Initiative(VPI) will issue a Call for Partnerships (CFP). Applications are encouraged from partnership teams throughout Wisconsin representing Milwaukee communities and diverse stakeholders.

Interested groups will receive funding to work collaboratively with MCW and the VPI team to:
· implement violence prevention programs for youth ages 0-11 years;
· develop leadership capacity to prevent violence among youth ages 12-17 years;
· build and strengthen community capacity and resources to prevent youth violence.

The VPI partnership model is based on the premise that partnerships will capitalize on the strengths and unique skills of community organizations and faculty and staff of MCW in order to address a community priority.

Who Can Apply?
Eligible community partners are broadly defined to be inclusive of Wisconsin-based organizations. Multi-sector partnerships and multiple partners are encouraged and expected. Individuals may not apply, but are encouraged to participate. Eligible community partners are Wisconsin-based, non-profit, and government organizations. At least one partner must have 501(c)3 status.

Tentative Timeline
CFP Announcement: May 2010
CFP guidelines released: Late Spring 2010
CFP Informational Sessions: Late Spring 2010
Selection Panel conducts review process: Summer 2010
Community Partnership Teams announced: Summer 2010

Successful applicants will:
Demonstrate a capacity for partnership by:
· demonstrating experience with collaboration, partnership, and shared leadership toward common goals
· showing evidence of community commitment, ownership, and broad-based participation from diverse stakeholders and leadership

Demonstrate a knowledge of community needs and assets related to youth violence prevention by:
· proposing a program focused on an area of Milwaukee with high rates of youth violence and other community needs
· having an awareness of community assets that can be leveraged to reduce youth violence

Demonstrate a capacity to carry out effective youth violence prevention programs by:
· demonstrating a clear understanding of factors contributing to youth violence in Milwaukee with specific examples and measures for success
· understanding the role of parents, family, schools, and the broader community in youth violence prevention efforts
· showing potential for the project to be disseminated and replicated in other communities

Get involved:
· Subscribe to our community listserve (vpi@mcw.edu) to receive updates on VPI activities and opportunities
· Sign up to receive our bi-monthly newsletter
· Watch for opportunities to participate in community sessions, conversations, or meetings designed to help reduce youth violence in your area

Individuals, organizations, and businesses looking for more information should contact:
David Seal, PhD
VPI Senior Faculty Coordinator
Medical College of Wisconsin
Phone: (414) 955-7750
Email: dseal@mcw.edu

OR

VPI Staff:
Sarah Di Padova, Suzette Svoboda-Newman, and May yer Thao
MCW Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
1801 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 955-2699
Fax: (414) 955-0114
Email: vpi@mcw.edu
Web: www.mcw.edu/vpi.htm

An MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health initiative funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.


Medical College of Wisconsin Consortium
Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
1801 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 955-2699
Fax: (414) 955-0114
Email: vpi@mcw.edu
Web: www.mcw.edu/vpi.htm

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Stand Together Milwaukee

VISION: Restore a sense of healthy community through collaborative action
MISSION: Groups, organizations and individuals standing together to confront gun violence in Milwaukee as a Public Health issue
ACTION GROUPS: Communication, Media, Outreach, and Policy

Stand-Up Initiatives

  • Coordinate, highlight and promote existing efforts towards a healthier community
  • Initiate an interactive Community Engagement Campaign
  • Challenge mainstream and alternative media to reframe gun violence as a Public Health issue, affecting all citizens
  • Create, promote and implement effective solutions to reduce violence and restore a sense of healthy community in the four-county area

VPI Community Director – Please spread the word! Violence Prevention Initiative

Greetings,

The MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health Youth Violence Prevention Initiative seeks a VPI Community Director who will work closely with the VPI faculty, staff and community partners to fulfill the VPI’s mission. The VPI Community Director will provide leadership for the MCW Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and work collaboratively with the selected community sites, the Associate Dean for Public and Community Health and the MCW Faculty Coordinators to accomplish the following responsibilities:

  • Promote the VPI to key leaders in communities with an emphasis on a strength-based model of community involvement.
  • Provide leadership for informing the community of the goals and objectives of the VPI, implementing the program model and evaluation plan, and enhancing community-wide presence of the VPI.
  • Lead the staff in the assurance of project performance, effective and appropriate community outreach, partnership facilitation, evaluation of the implementation plans and project effectiveness.
  • Work with the selected community partners and MCW faculty to lead the VPI implementation process.
  • Facilitate the accomplishment of the VPI’s goals, and supervise all programmatic activities related to accomplishing these goals.
  • Manage the process for establishing and implementing six-month and annual VPI milestones.
  • Manage networking and communication with community partners, MCW faculty and all entities interacting with the VPI.
  • Assist in the ongoing effort to recruit new stakeholders whose talents, commitment and contacts are complimentary to the needs and mission of the VPI and its community partners.
  • Coordinate and participate in meetings, providing appropriate programmatic and fiscal reports, and recommend appropriate program policies and procedures. Each applicant for the VPI Community Director position is asked to respond to five questions in addition to submitting their resume and completing the online application.

The prescreening questions include:

  1. Describe how you would work most effectively to accomplish the Violence Prevention Initiative priorities with its community partners.
  2. What challenges can you foresee in implementing the program priorities over the next five years, and how would you work to address those challenges?
    1. Describe the strengths that you would bring to the position of community director; please document those strengths with examples from your professional experience.
    2. Describe your experience with community-academic partnerships. From your experience, what are key elements of successful partnerships?
  3. If you are hired, what will you do in the first year to ensure the program is successful?

The VPI Community Director position is available at the following link:

https://tbe.taleo.net/NA3/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=MCW&cws=1&rid=3689

The VPI Community Director is a position of MCW. MCW is committed to identifying and recruiting a broad and diverse pool of qualified candidates for this position. Additional resources can be found on the VPI website: www.mcw.edu/vpi.htm.

Applications are due by May 15, 2010.

Please forward this information to anyone who may be interested.

Thank you,
VPI Staff

Medical College of Wisconsin Consortium
Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
1801 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 955-2699
Fax: (414) 955-0114
Email: vpi@mcw.edu
Web: www.mcw.edu/vpi.htm

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Stand Together Milwaukee

VISION: Restore a sense of healthy community through collaborative action
MISSION: Groups, organizations and individuals standing together to confront gun violence in Milwaukee as a Public Health issue
ACTION GROUPS: Communication, Media, Outreach, and Policy

Stand-Up Initiatives

  • Coordinate, highlight and promote existing efforts towards a healthier community
  • Initiate an interactive Community Engagement Campaign
  • Challenge mainstream and alternative media to reframe gun violence as a Public Health issue, affecting all citizens
  • Create, promote and implement effective solutions to reduce violence and restore a sense of healthy community in the four-county area

HELP BUILD SCOOTER FOUNDATION'S GARDEN OF HOPE – THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 24!

**Our April 24th outing will coincide with Earth Day Acitivities.
We will initiate “Scooter’s Garden of Hope” across the street from Oliver Wendel Holmes School
10 a.m. 2462 N. Buffum.
Lunch will be supplied by Whole Foods!**

Do you have a shovels, rakes, hoes, or a green thumb, or know someone who does?

We are officially starting Scooter’s Garden of Hope with the dedicated help of students from O.W. Holmes, and coordinated efforts of Sweet Water Organics, Victory Garden Initiative, Whole Foods Market, and the Milwaukee Urban Garden.

We are forming a Garden Club Committee made up of Scooter Foundation volunteers. The committee will manage care of the garden, working with the school kids to sustain it. We will create compost, and grow delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables. We will be using compose and worns donated by Sweetwater Organics.

Please put the word out if you know anyone who enjoys gardening, and do remind them it’s for a great cause, the kids and the neighborhood! We are looking for donations of plants, seeds, lumber, and sheet cardboard for spring ground cover.

As you can imagine, we need help. Please e-mail me here, or call Nalissa at 262-224-9575.

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Stand Together Milwaukee

VISION: Restore a sense of healthy community through collaborative action
MISSION: Groups, organizations and individuals standing together to confront gun violence in Milwaukee as a Public Health issue
ACTION GROUPS: Communication, Media, Outreach, and Policy

Stand-Up Initiatives

  • Coordinate, highlight and promote existing efforts towards a healthier community
  • Initiate an interactive Community Engagement Campaign
  • Challenge mainstream and alternative media to reframe gun violence as a Public Health issue, affecting all citizens
  • Create, promote and implement effective solutions to reduce violence and restore a sense of healthy community in the four-county area

Alverno College Screening & Discussion

Women as Agents of Change is the theme of this screening – one of multiple events celebrating the Grand Opening of Alverno’s Research Center for Women and Girls.

The Alverno Student Chapter of Women in Communication (AWC) co-chairs this event with the state Chapter of WIC; the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee and Alverno’s Research Center for Women and Girls. A panel of “Responders” look forward to audience comments and discussion.

PLEASE JOIN US – THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – BRING FRIENDS!
This Saturday: APRIL 10 at 1 P.M.
Alverno Conference Center
3400 South 43rd Street

Click HERE to see the event poster.

Here’s the inside scoop on the new film!

Changing the Conversation: America’s Gun Violence Epidemic

View the trailer HERE

Gun violence is generally discussed in terms of urban homicides, yet startling statistics tell another story. This film reframes the conversation of America’s gun violence epidemic by shifting the focus from Second Amendment rights to public health prevention. Engage in a radically logical approach to restructuring how we think, speak and act on gun violence through three distinct lenses. Hear from lawmakers, activists, urban musicians united for change and a quiet town, searching for answers after a domestic violence murder-suicide. Wisconsin, serves as a model for every state with urban, suburban, small town and rural populations. Public health experts offer impressive evidence as they present the benefits of reframing this currently polarizing conversation to focus on the broader story. Hope emerges with the awareness that diverse populations experience critical social issues in different ways, and that strategies for prevention will succeed – when driven by data, not ideology.

QUESTIONS/ COMMENTS/ SUGGESTIONS
E-mail us at info@newmoononline.com or call Janet Fitch directly at 414.264.1797

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP THIS CONVERSATION GOING!

New Moon Productions www.newmoononline.com relies upon your activity and donations to facilitate robust Community Engagement with the films in this award-winning series.

Whatever you are able to do is much appreciated and vitally necessary to achieve the goal of “Changing the Conversation” on gun violence in the United States to a PUBLIC HEALTH FOCUS ON PREVENTION. Some ways to help right now:

  1. Tell all your friends about our work with film and social change. Forward our e-blasts to your own mailing lists.
  2. Host a “Party With a Purpose” – You choose the location – home, church or public place – for an evening of food, fun, film and lively, solution-based conversation. This helps greatly to bring in more people, while also raising needed funds – all to expand the critical mass.