Pam Simon served as the community outreach coordinator for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords following a career teaching middle and high school.

On January 8, 2011, while staffing the congresswoman’s Congress on Your Corner event at a local grocery store, Pam was shot in the arm and the chest. Twelve others, including the congresswoman, were wounded and six people died on that day.

After retiring from the congressional office, Pam became an advocate for gun violence prevention. She served on staff at Everytown for Gun Safety. She has shared her story as a voice for common-sense gun legislation with numerous organizations including Moms Demand Action, Giffords, Brady, and Newtown Action Alliance. Pam was honored at the White House in 2014 as a Champion of Change.

Emily Nottingham has called Tucson home for over 45 years. She had a lengthy career as Community Services Director for the City of Tucson, where she was responsible for Housing, Community Development and Social Service programs. She came to the gun violence prevention movement as a result of the mass shooting in Tucson in 2011. Her son, Gabe Zimmerman, was the Community Outreach Director for Congresswoman Giffords. Gabe was killed during the shooting. Emily loves Tucson and hopes to help keep it a kind and beautiful place.

Some scenes from our March 15 meeting.