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Parkland students to speak at Denver gun forum

Author: Joey Bunch - July 11, 2018 - Updated: July 12, 2018

Parkland student activist Emma Gonzalez, center left, hugs Patricia Oliver before a peace rally and march on June 15 in Chicago. Oliver’s son, Joaquin Oliver, was shot and killed this year at a Florida high school. (AP Photo/Annie Rice)

Students who survived the deadly Parkland, Florida, mass shooting in February will speak at a forum Friday night at Denver’s Shorter Community AME Church.

Organizers expect 10 students, who will be joined at the forum on gun violence by local experts and advocates associated with Never Again-Colorado and Students Demand Action.

The discussion is part of the national Road to Change campaign on gun violence.

The 7 p.m. event is free, but those planning to attend should make a reservation, by clicking here. The doors open at 6 p.m.

“We are excited to see the ‘Road to Change’ stop right here in the Mile High City,” Tay Anderson, president of Never Again-Colorado, said in a statement.

He said Never Again chapter has “a duty to ensure that we are working towards educating people on the issues surrounding gun violence and also spurring action. This November, don’t expect a blue or red wave, but rather a youth wave.”

The list of students who survived the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is expected to include Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, Cameron Kasky, Ryan Dietsch, Chris Grady, Kyrah Simon, Daniel Williams, Matt Dietsch and Jamal Lemmy.

The list of Colorado speakers includes:

  • Jessica Maher, director of political affairs for Never Again Colorado.
  • Sam Craig, state director of Students Demand Action.
  • Jane Dougherty, the sister of Mary Sherlach who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massing shooting in 2012.
  • Paula Reed, a Columbine High School massacre survivor and former teacher.
  • Tom Mauser, the father of Daniel Mauser who was killed in Columbine and a board member of Colorado Ceasefire.
  • Sandy Phillips, the mother of Jessica Redfield Ghawi who was killed in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012.

Correction: Emma Gonzalez’s name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.