How to Fight Like A Mother-Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action

There have been over 200 mass shootings in this country since 2009. Shannon Watts, the author of a new book: Fight Like a Mother, is the founder of Moms Demand Action, a group that is using research, data, and a little bit of “nap-tivism” to throw their weight and money behind political candidates who are willing to put better gun control laws into action. The kicker? They’re winning. In the last election, they outspent even the NRA. Their goal: make our country safer.

Join us this week for a look at why our kids are subjected to violent and traumatizing active shooter drills, and what it takes to pass sensible gun legislation. We talk about the root cause of gun violence, who takes the brunt of the violence when background checks get lax, “losing forward” and the very real and positive change that is starting to take place as we come up to the 2020 elections.


Photo courtesy of Shannon Watts

Photo courtesy of Shannon Watts

Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas co-Founders Tracey Taylor and Lance Knobel, of Berkeleyside

Tracey Taylor and Lance Knobel are the co-founders of the "hyper-local" news site Berkeleyside.com and Uncharted, The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. We discuss the difference between having power and having ideas, and how the Uncharted line up is diverse by design, unlike other conferences which lean toward the usual (white, male) speakers. Listen in on iTunes or NPR One.

Tickets are on sale at berkeleyideas.com. Uncharted 2016 runs October 14th and 15th in Berkeley.  I'll be talking with author Ruth Whippman on Saturday the 15th. 

TRACEY TAYLOR

TRACEY TAYLOR

LANCE KNOBEL

LANCE KNOBEL