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Sandy Hook mom to speak 10/9 at forum

Nicole Hockley, the mother of first-grader Dylan who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012 in Newtown, CT, will give the keynote address at a forum on Monday, Oct. 9, Columbus Day. Grandparents Against Gun Violence sponsors the annual community forum, this year from 9:30 am to 2 pm at Pearson Hall, UMKC, 5000 Holmes. PeaceWorks is a cosponsor.

Hockley co-leads the Sandy Hook Promise, seeking to prevent other tragedies through changes in mental health services and gun safety. People Magazine recognized Hockley last year as one of 25 Women Changing the World.

Registration is available online at, and is also held the day of the forum 8:30-9:15 am.

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