Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) is an all-volunteer grassroots organization founded by Newtown residents after the tragic December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting where 20 children and six educators were senselessly gunned down. Newtown Action Alliance works to reverse the gun violence epidemic in America. Their work includes collaborating with national, state, and local organizations and entities on campaigns for common sense gun safety laws and cultural change, political advocacy, building bridges between the rural and urban communities impacted by gun violence, education on the economic impact of gun violence, and holding the gun industry and gun lobby accountable for gun violence, death, and injuries.
Our goal is to both build and support a wider definition of community. The Newtown Action Alliance was started by members of the Newtown community including those most directly affected by gun violence - survivors and families. We applaud and are inspired by NAA’s efforts to apply their experience with tragedy toward meaningful action to end gun violence. This month we will be supporting their efforts to introduce smarter, safer gun laws and impact broader cultural change. We chose Newtown Action Alliance as our November organization before the October 1st shooting in Las Vegas. The fact that mass shootings are so frequent in America only made us more certain of our decision.
Please help us support this amazing organization.
These five talented readers will share an essay about a time they felt part of a community. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Newtown Action Alliance.
Jess Arndt received her MFA from Bard College and was a 2013 Graywolf Fellow and 2010 Fiction Fellow at New York Foundation for the Arts. Her action text "Collective Body Possum" performed with The Knife’s Shaking the Habitual world tour and her writing has recently appeared in Fence, BOMB, Aufgabe, Parkett, and Night Papers. Arndt is a co-founder of New Herring Press and her debut collection of short stories, Large Animals, came out from Catapult in spring, 2017.
Photo: Jorge Rivas
Ann Friedman is a freelance journalist who writes about gender, politics, technology, and culture. She is a columnist for New York magazine and the Los Angeles Times, and a contributing editor to The Gentlewoman. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, from The New Republic to ELLE to Lucky Peach to The New York Times. She co-hosts the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, makes hand-drawn pie charts, and sends a popular weekly email newsletter. She is originally from Iowa and now lives in Los Angeles. Find her work at annfriedman.com.
Emily Halpern is a TV writer originally from Lincoln, MA. She and her writing partner Sarah Haskins have written for multiple shows: most recently Black-ish and The Mayor. They’re currently developing a multi-camera comedy for ABC. They also created the show Trophy Wife, and wrote the feature film Booksmart, in development at Annapurna pictures.
Natalie Morales is an actor, writer, and director. She has never hosted the Today Show. You may know her from such awesome shows as Parks and Recreation, The Grinder, and Girls. She’s a member of the Creative Council for Everytown for Gun Safety and she’s very excited to be a part of this because this cause is very important to her.
April K. Quioh
April K. Quioh is a comedy writer and podcast host from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her B.S. at Northwestern University and has worked on the television shows Idiotsitter, Me and My Grandma and Haters Back Off. She currently co-hosts and produces the podcast "She's All Fat," a podcast about body positivity and intersectional feminism.
Please join us on Monday, November 13th, 2017 at 7pm at Botanica
Freya Project events are $20, 100% of which goes to our chosen charity for that event. Admission includes an additional $10 charge for food provided by Botanica.