JANUARY HIGHLIGHT

PLOWSHARE & WAUKESHA WOMEN’S CENTER – CHANGING THE CONVERSATION

Wow! Thanks so much to all of you who came to our first community screening and discussion of the latest film in the series. An amazing 52 of you braved the frigid January cold to view Changing the Conversation: America’s Gun Violence Epidemic – and to lend your voices to the new, public health model for prevention this film promotes.

Thank you to our hosts for their determined organizing work and for choosing the sunny Café Esperanza for this lively event. We also thank representatives from Wisconsin Rural Women’s Initiative and Milwaukee’s Sojourner Family Peace Center for insights to their work.

We truly appreciate the energy of EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE – to find solutions to the ways in which gun violence affects every community in Wisconsin.

FOCUSING on PUBLIC HEALTH PREVENTION

Now is the time to change the way we discuss gun violence in our communities to a more proactive and less divisive framework. We need your involvement and activity to create a NEW CONVERSATION and pave the way for sustainable Public Health solutions. Urban, suburban, small town and rural populations are all at risk. TOGETHER – WE REALLY CAN DO THIS.

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 all 3 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.
  3. Take a look at our Screening Tool Kits

Thanks

Janet Fitch

SPECIAL EVENT THIS SATURDAY

SPECIAL EVENT THIS SATURDAY: January 9
Co-sponsors: The Women’s Center of Waukesha and The Plowshare Center

11:00 am-1:30 pm, Café Esperanza 410 Arcadian, Waukesha

Directions to Café Esperanza/La Casa de Esperanza that avoid downtown Waukesha

From I94 traveling west:

· Take Waukesha exit at Barker Road & Hwy W18/S164 (Moreland Road)
· Curve to the right to go past the park & ride (Goerke’s Corners) and turn left on Hwy W18/S164 (Moreland Road)
· Turn left on S164 (at the traffic light by Honda dealer)
· Turn right on Arcadian Avenue (at the traffic light before Aldi)
· Continue to 410 Arcadian Avenue (by railroad tracks)
· There is a large parking lot across the street

Changing the Conversation:
America’s Gun Violence Epidemic

The film views gun violence through the diverse lenses of suburban, urban, small town, farm and rural communities as it reframes discussion from a 2nd Amendment/crime issue to a non-polarized, preventable, public health issue – affecting all communities in any given state.

Please join us for a screening of segments from the film and discussion afterward with filmmaker, Janet Fitch – who is excited to also bring together representatives from The Wisconsin Rural Women’s Initiative and Milwaukee’s Sojourner Family Peace Center.

A light lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP: Sally Michalko of Plowshares:1-262-524-9499 smichalko@wi.rr.com

SPECIAL EVENT THIS SATURDAY: January 9, 2010

Co-sponsors: The Women’s Center of Waukesha and The Plowshare Center

11:00 am-1:30 pm, Café Esperanza, 410 Arcadian, Waukesha
Changing the Conversation: America’s Gun Violence Epidemic

The film views gun violence through the diverse lenses of
suburban, urban, and rural communities as it reframes discussion from a
singularly 2nd Amendment/crime issue to a preventable public health issue.

Please join us for a screening of segments from the film and discussion
afterward with filmmaker, Janet Fitch (who is excited to bring representatives from
The WI Women’s Rural Initiative and Milwaukee’s Sojourner Family Peace Center.

A light lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP to Sally Michalko of Plowshares:
1-262-524-9499 smichalko@wi.rr.com

Watch the trailer for Changing the Conversation

Stay after the film for discussion

After the screening at the Oriental on Sunday, we hope you will stay and participate in a talk back session. We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the film and kicking off this conversation in Milwaukee.

After the discussion, we’ll all head over to Cafe Hollander on Downer (thanks Bela and Mike!) for fun and celebration. We couldn’t have done this without you–hope to see you there!

Op-ed piece in Sunday’s Jounal Sentinel

Look in your copy of Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a Community op-ed piece by Director Janet Fitch and one of the film’s guiding voices, Carmen Pitre, Co Executive Director, Sojourner Peace Center. We ask you to help us broadening this conversation by writing letters to the editor in support of this new framework for discussion.

(Janet says: “Be assured – there will be many dissenting letters – we need affirmative support from those who agree with our point of view – Public Health Prevention all the way!”)

If you haven’t already, get your tickets…

Don’t be stuck without a ticket at the door–we’re hoping for a very big crowd! Don’t forget to ask a friend to join you.

Here’s how to purchase tickets:

Online: www.milwaukee-film.org

Box Office: Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave.
Monday – Thursday 4-8:30 p.m.
Friday – Sunday Noon-8:30 p.m.

Phone 414-727-8468 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST Daily
Note: A $2.50 surcharge applies to all phone orders

5pm Sun., Sept 27 Oriental Theater (Panel Discussion to Follow) ORDER CODE: CHANG0927
7:30 pm Weds., Sept 30 Marcus Theaters North Shore Cinema ORDER CODE: CHANG0930

ORDER CODES are needed to purchase the correct screening via phone or at the box office.

NO STM Meeting this Wed.

Happy Holidays … AND expect exciting STM reorganizing news early in 2010!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS:
Contact Janet Fitch (414.264.1797) or Susan Schmidt (414.732.0909)

Cheers …… janet

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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

It’s time to Change the Conversation…

Before a child in the United States reaches 15,
In comparison with other teens in the industrialized world,
They are 5 times more likely to be murdered,
Twice as likely to commit suicide,
And 12 times more likely to die a gun related death.

America’s Gun-Violence Epidemic is everyone’s public health problem, especially for young people.

New Moon Productions’ Guns, Grief & Grace in America project and its supporters have been revolutionary in bringing change in the way we discuss gun violence in our communities. This holistic approach for systemic change includes:

* Award winning documentary films and outreach
* Community-based coalitions with over 30 organizations involved
* Buy-in from medical, social service, law enforcement, government and faith communities
* A replicable outreach model and education series being utilized by diverse constituencies

New Moon Productions’ latest film, Changing the Conversation: America’s Gun Violence Epidemic completes the trilogy of films that have the potential to bring a public health focus to the issue on city, state and national levels. The first two films in the series and subsequent outreach have made great strides towards this goal. We are ready to complete the project – with your help.

Changing the Conversation debuted in Milwaukee with a splash! Maybe you saw the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Sunday, strategically-placed Op-Ed piece or heard me speak of my journey making the film on WUWM’s Lake Effect? Perhaps you were part of the sold out crowd at the Oriental Theatre or at the North Shore Theatre? Perhaps you are just learning of this opportunity now.

It’s a perfect time to get involved

Right now, you can help turn a no-win argument into a solution-based discussion, uniting urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the country.

From my experience as a media activist over the past decade, I know that the time to create the most change is right NOW. We can achieve this by leveraging current excitement over the film to expand engagement of community stakeholders on the issue.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin and our nation are ready to prevent gun violence – and we ready to assist in successfully introducing a new framework for solution-based dialog. New Moon Productions’ “grass roots” media activism approach and coalition building outreach are timely. Now is the time for systematic approaches that get to the root of the problem and focus on prevention.

Plans for a Speakers’ Bureau of diverse community groups and agencies to facilitate large, exciting and well-organized community screenings are being planned and we are working towards national PBS airing of the film by engaging local and state communities. Local and state groups will then work with their national links to host a national summit to move closer to reframing the discussion of gun violence to a public health model for prevention.

Will you please take this opportunity by making a donation to launch the new film and outreach at this critical point in time?

Do you know someone else who may want to help? Please send them this blog post.

Sincerely,

Janet Fitch
Founder and Director, New Moon Productions

STM Meeting this Wednesday: 10/14/09

Urban Ecology Center WASHINGTON PARK
Second Wednesday/Month
(enter off of 40th St. – immediately South of Lisbon)
8:45 Coffee & Treats – 9 to 10:15 meeting

October 14, 2009 Agenda

  1. New Member Introductions
  2. Re-organizing discussion of how best to accomplish the STM mission at this time.
    We have a number of exciting current possibilities to explore – please lend your voice!
  3. STM Core Member for 2010. This concept worked quite well in 2008- 09 – with obvious areas to tweak and reconsider along with the rest of our evolving process. Bring your feedback and please discern asap if you and/or your group would like to discuss Core Membership for the upcoming year.
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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

Marcus Northshore Theatre Screening

Thanks again to all of you that made it out to Sunday’s screening of Changing the Conversation. If you are coming to Marcus Northshore Theatre tomorrow night, be sure to look for our teen volunteers to make sure your voice on gun violence is heard by filling out one of the postcards pictured above. We are compiling the cards to send to decision makers who can help reframe the gun violence discussion to a public health concern.

Teens volunteers will be distributing the cards on clip boards near the New Moon Productions information table. Just take a clipboard, write a short personal message (optional) in the box and then drop it in the blue box on the table.

Possible reciepants of postcards:
*Milwaukee Public School board
*Surrounding areas school boards
*Elected officials
*Public health professionals
*Law enforcement agencies
*Candidates running for office in Milwaukee and Wisconsin

We are planning to compile the postcards into a book format documenting the fall outreach campaign and are still coming up with ideas of people to send the cards to and welcome your thoughts at info@newmoononline.com.

Also, please encourage friends, family or other members to sign up for our mailing list which will be passed around the theatre and available at our informational table.

See you there!

Thanks for the sold-out premiere!

Changing the Conversation crew at our World Premiere! Lajwanti Waghray, Janet Fitch, Tate Bunker, Blyth Meier

Many, many thanks to all of our supporters who came out and brought friends to the premiere on Sunday night. The screening was sold-out and a huge success. The numbers send a powerful message as we kick of this new conversation. There are tickets still left for our Wednesday night screening at the Marcus North Shore in Mequon, but make sure you buy yours online today or get to the theater early tomorrow to ensure your seat. We can’t wait to see you all there.

Op-ed piece in Sunday’s Jounal Sentinel

We hope you all saw Director Janet Fitch’s op-ed piece (with Carmen Pitre of Sojourner Family Peace Center) in Sunday’s Journal Sentinel. Please consider writing your own brief response–the newspaper needs public support when they delve deeply into a traditionally polarized topic like gun violence. Click HERE for the Journal Sentinal’s guidelines for letters to the editor. Thanks for helping us keep the focus on solutions!

One last time…please invite friends and get your tickets for Wednesday’s screening

Don’t be stuck without a ticket at the door–we’re hoping for a very big crowd! We also want to remind you to invite your friends. It was wonderful to meet so many of your friends, family, neighbors and acquaintances at Sunday’s screening. And they sure seemed happy to have been asked!

Here’s how to purchase tickets:

Online: www.milwaukee-film.org

Box Office: Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave.
Monday – Thursday 4-8:30 p.m.
Friday – Sunday Noon-8:30 p.m.

Phone 414-727-8468 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST Daily
Note: A $2.50 surcharge applies to all phone orders

7:30 pm Weds., Sept 30 Marcus Theaters North Shore Cinema ORDER CODE: CHANG0930

ORDER CODES are needed to purchase the correct screening via phone or at the box office.

Stay after the film for discussion

After the screening at the Oriental on Sunday, we hope you will stay and participate in a talk back session. We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the film and kicking off this conversation in Milwaukee.

After the discussion, we’ll all head over to Cafe Hollander on Downer (thanks Bela and Mike!) for fun and celebration. We couldn’t have done this without you–hope to see you there!

Op-ed piece in Sunday’s Jounal Sentinel

Look in your copy of Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a Community op-ed piece by Director Janet Fitch and one of the film’s guiding voices, Carmen Pitre, Co Executive Director, Sojourner Peace Center. We ask you to help us broadening this conversation by writing letters to the editor in support of this new framework for discussion.

(Janet says: “Be assured – there will be many dissenting letters – we need affirmative support from those who agree with our point of view – Public Health Prevention all the way!”)

If you haven’t already, get your tickets…

Don’t be stuck without a ticket at the door–we’re hoping for a very big crowd! Don’t forget to ask a friend to join you.

Here’s how to purchase tickets:

Online: www.milwaukee-film.org

Box Office: Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave.
Monday – Thursday 4-8:30 p.m.
Friday – Sunday Noon-8:30 p.m.

Phone 414-727-8468 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST Daily
Note: A $2.50 surcharge applies to all phone orders

5pm Sun., Sept 27 Oriental Theater (Panel Discussion to Follow) ORDER CODE: CHANG0927
7:30 pm Weds., Sept 30 Marcus Theaters North Shore Cinema ORDER CODE: CHANG0930

ORDER CODES are needed to purchase the correct screening via phone or at the box office.