Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action, an advocacy group dedicated to ending gun violence. She joins David to talk about how she became an unlikely founder of a grassroots organization with millions of supporters, the increased demand for guns amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and how the NRA has faltered during the Trump administration.
Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how the movement began, discuss her new book "Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World," explain some of the biggest gun violence myths, and share her advice for people who want to make an impact. Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim SarnaSupervising Producer: Allison BresnickAssociate Producer: Caitlin LeeEditor: Josh WindischMusic written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark FosterArtwork by Kimi SelfridgeThis show is brought to you by Cloud10 & Brilliant Anatomy, and powered by Simplecast. This episode is sponsored by Ritual, Story Worth, Rothy's and SoFi.
This week’s special episode, "Stay Tuned Unplugged: Live Tour 2019," features highlights from host Preet Bharara’s conversations with leaders across the country: Denver: former Colorado governor and current candidate for Senate John Hickenlooper & Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand ActionMinneapolis: Mayor Jacob FreyDetroit: former U.S. Attorney in Detroit Barbara McQuade & Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Our shows were recorded by: David Fender & Rebekah Romberg (Denver), Ian Combs (Minneapolis) & Juuni Verse (Detroit).Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email email@example.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
Shannon Watts (read her new book and find her on Twitter!) is a real American hero who I have long admired and often been inspired by. She is the founder of Moms Demand Action, the grassroots movement that has taken on the NRA and gun lobby with enormous success. This is a deep and moving conversation with a woman, a mother, who simply said, “enough is enough.”
Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. The online conversation turned into a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with more than 5 million supporters.
In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, one of the nation’s leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office.
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