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.


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.

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