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SAN ANTONIO (August 12, 2019) — San Antonio District 8 City Councilman Manny Peláez has announced a three-part Town Hall community discussion series on the mass shooting epidemic in the wake of the recent El Paso and Dayton tragedies. The first discussion will be held at the Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center – located at 8400 Northwest Military – on Wednesday, August 14th, from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.
“The growing frequency and severity of mass shootings around our nation – in our communities, in our schools and in our places of worship – warrant more than thoughts and prayers. We as a community must look at the issue of gun violence head-on and band together in solidarity, both to mourn and to develop innovative solutions to the problem together,” Councilman Pelaez said.
The first Town Hall will emphasize the causes of gun violence and chart the intersections it has with community trauma, domestic violence, and mental health. A panel composed of mental health expert Terri Mabrito of the National Alliance on Mental Illness San Antonio, media and journalism expert professor Bill Israel, Ph.D., and faith leader Rabbi Mara Nathan will lead the discussion followed by audience engagement. Gilbert Garcia, columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, will serve as the moderator.
The second installment will focus on public readiness, de-escalation and prevention strategies, featuring a panel of public safety and law enforcement leaders. The third and final installment will be a community forum emphasizing steps that the public and governing bodies can take to reduce the risks of gun violence and its impacts on our communities featuring a round table discussion led by policymakers, law enforcement professionals, and gun-rights advocates.
Councilman Peláez aims to rally our community in solidarity in the face of recent and ongoing gun tragedies. First, by providing information to understand the underlying causes and impacts of gun violence by empowering the community to move forward and take action.