Activism Brunch: GUN CONTROL

Saturday, April 11 at 12:00pm


This event is FREE but requires pre-registration for security purposes.

Learn more about the complexities of gun control from a panel of local experts, and find out how you can get involved and advocate for change. PLUS, a sneak peek of Mirror Stage’s upcoming Expand Upon: GUN CONTROL, featuring Angie Bolton, Eloisa Cardona, Jonathan Keyes, Mario Martinez, Jordi Montes, Rachel Permann, Kevin Shannon and Andy Tran.

Expand Upon: GUN CONTROL cast


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Panelists include:

Elmer Dixon

Elmer Dixon is a long-time activist involved in social change since the Black Power Movement of the 1960’s. In the spring of 1968, he co-founded the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), serving as the Chapter’s Deputy Field Marshall. He later worked as the Director of a Girls and Boys Club in Tacoma’s Hill Top, and at the Seattle Parks Department as the EEO Officer responsible for ensuring the rights of women and minorities. He appointed to the Mayor’s Cabinet serving as Director of the Citizens Service Bureau. Continuing his passion for social justice, Elmer has worked in the field of Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Inclusion for the past 35 years and now serves as President of Executive Diversity Services. He has designed and delivered diversity/inclusion, cultural competency and multi cultural training sessions for government agencies, non profit organizations and major US corporations.

Kristen Ellingboe

Kristen Ellingboe is the Communications Manager with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. She joined the Alliance after serving as Communications Director for the successful Yes On 1639 campaign in 2018. Before focusing on gun violence prevention full time, Kristen worked on a wide range of issues, including health care and environmental justice, for several progressive campaigns and nonprofits at both the state and national level. She started her career in research and communications at the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, DC. 


Margaret Heldring

Margaret Heldring, PhD, is the Co-Chair of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence. A retired clinical psychologist, she served as clinical faculty in the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, as health care legislative assistant to former U.S. Senators Bill Bradley and Paul Wellstone, as a senior policy advisor on Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign, and as the founder and Executive Director of the national nonprofit, America’s HealthTogether. She delights in being a thriving grandmother.



Larry Wechsler, MS, MBA, MHA is the current President of Washington CeaseFire. Larry has had successful careers in engineering, epidemiology, and management. As a Washington CeaseFire board member since 2014, Larry has advocated for common sense measures and legislation to reduce gun violence, participated in educational efforts related to gun safety, and helped organize commemorative events and vigils honoring past victims of gun violence.