Sandy Hook Promise Hosts 1st Ever Ohio Statehouse Advocacy Day


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Stephanie Morris



Sandy Hook Promise Hosts 1st Ever Ohio Statehouse Advocacy Day


Mark Barden to moderate Violence Prevention Strategies Panel



WHAT: As part of Sandy Hook Promise’s (SHP) 1st ever Ohio Statehouse Advocacy Day, co-founder and managing director Mark Barden will convene a panel of Ohio experts to discuss violence prevention strategies and policies. Following the panel briefing, Ohio Promise Leaders will meet with state Representatives and Senators to advocate for the Ohio General Assembly to enact gun violence prevention policies. Interested members of the public are also invited to attend.


Media is invited to attend the panel briefing at Ohio Statehouse Atrium. Please email Stephanie Morris at to request individual interviews.


WHEN:                 Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TIME:                    Panel: 10:45 AM EST – 12:00 PM EST

WHERE:                Ohio Statehouse – Atrium (Columbus, OH)

WHO:                    Panel Participants include:

  • Mark Barden, Cofounder and Managing Director, Sandy Hook Promise
  • Terry Russell, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Ohio
  • Kathy Oberlin, Director, Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success
  • Jo Simonsen, Family Systems Advocacy Director, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
  • Sandy Hook Promise Ohio Promise Leaders



About Sandy Hook Promise - Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit or call 203-304-9780.