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Liberty Forum: Firearms
Moving from debate to dialogue
May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In the current climate of discourse and hot button issues, we often find ourselves commenting back and forth online or merely caught in our own echo chambers. It is our goal at the Liberty Museum to break through these barriers and bring people together for face-to-face meaningful interactions.
In partnership with Intersekt Alliance, we hope to provide attendees with the tools and discourse for finding the middle ground and moving our conversations offline and back into human discussions.
For the first in this new series we invite attendees from all viewpoints to come together for an interactive discussion on the issue of Firearm Control. Are you committed to a firm belief in the 2nd Amendment? Do you feel the only way forward is a reduction in firearm ownership? Join the Liberty Museum, Intersekt Alliance moderators, and invited experts from all sides of the issue. Let’s get past the rhetoric and engage with one another on how we move forward as a society.
This program is supported by donations. We welcome your gift when you join us.
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Jeff Dempsey – Program Director CeaseFirePA
Jeff Dempsey is CeaseFirePA’s Program Director. He offers a wealth of legislative experience having served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for State Representative Kevin Boyle (PA-172) and a campaign consultant. Jeff uses his knowledge of the legislative process and the political landscape to advise the team at CeaseFirePA. He often conducts leadership institute workshops which teach community groups and organizations throughout the Commonwealth how to understand the structure of the legislature and how to be stronger advocates for issues they care about, including gun violence prevention
Jonathan S. Goldstein – Partner at Goldstein Law Parnters
Jonathan S. Goldstein is a founding partner of Goldstein Law Partners. His practice focuses on entrepreneurial and business advising, firearms law and election law. Mr. Goldstein is considered a national expert in firearms law. In 2013, he earned the Defender of Justice Award from the National Rifle Association’s Institute of Legislative Action for his “tireless service to the Constitution and with particular emphasis on the protection and furtherance of the Second Amendment.” The award is given only to a single attorney each year selected from practitioners across the county. Mr. Goldstein actively lectures on firearms law and firearms safety across Pennsylvania; has published a number of articles on firearms law and safety; and is regularly consulted by lawmakers on matters related to firearms public policy. Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1993 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 2005.
Movita Johnson-Harrell – PA State Representative for the 190th Legislative District
Movita Johnson-Harrell is a wife, mother and grandmother. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Social Work, Movita has dedicated herself to helping improve the quality of life for marginalized and disenfranchised groups, including those with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse and homelessness. Unfortunately, Movita’s dedication to helping others also stems from great personal tragedies she experienced. She lost her father, brother, cousin and youngest child to acts of homicide. Movita is dedicated to ending both gun violence and poverty. In January 2018, she was appointed as Supervisor of Victim/Witness Services and Restorative Justice at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. On March 12, 2019, she won the special election for State Representative for the 190th legislative district capturing more than 66% of the vote in a four person race. Movita made history as the first Muslim woman ever elected to the Pennsylvania legislature.