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FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence -- Free Screening and Discussion
WTTW Events | FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence -- Free Screening and Discussion

FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence -- Free Screening and Discussion

Malcolm X College - Auditorium
1900 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
event date: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm
(5:30 check-in)

Join us at Malcolm X College for a screening and discussion of the new WTTW Digital multiplatform initiative FIRSTHAND. This event will present a parents' perspective on gun violence.

It has become a well-worn trope: a grieving parent, too distraught to find the words to describe her child’s murder. But in the new WTTW Digital series Firsthand: Gun Violence, parents find real power in their voices, to articulate what life has been like in the months and years after the murder—or incarceration—of their children. Come for a behind-the-scenes look at this new documentary, after which producer and director Dan Protess will talk with some parents who are making strides to stop the violence.

FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence can be found at, where in addition to the digital series, audiences will find six reported stories produced in partnership with The Trace, a nonprofit news organization covering guns in America; five expert “Talks” proposing community solutions; and a discussion guide. Also, to extend the reach of the project into Chicago neighborhoods, WTTW will present additional community screenings and discussions with experts and policymakers.

WTTW is proud to partner with The Heartland Alliance, the coordinating agency and employer of record for READI Chicago, and Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), convened by Metropolitan Family Services.

FIRSTHAND: GUN VIOLENCE is presented, in part, by The Grainger Foundation, Allstate Insurance Company, and The Chicago Community Trust. Major support is also provided by Ann and Rich Carr, Lew Collens, Denny and Sandy Cummings, Jim and Kay Mabie, the Marc and Jeanne Malnati Family Foundation, Sonia T. Marschak, and Rande and Cary McMillan. All supporters listed are as of October 4, 2019.

Please RSVP below. There will be no physical tickets to this event. Your name and number of seats reserved will be on a door list when you arrive. * fields are required.