1. Update
  2. Gun Violence

Here's Why I'm Hopeful

By Larissa Gil Sanhueza, August 9, 2019


It has been one week since I said goodbye to the 20 young adult organizers who make up FCNL’s Advocacy Corps. After 10 days of training in Washington, DC, they are now in their communities organizing on a tragically relevant issue: gun violence.

During their Washington Summer Intensive they learned about the impacts of gun violence and how to lobby Congress. We sat together as the news of the mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton broke. We were deeply shaken, but I found hope in the voices of these young leaders.

Group photo of the 2019-2020 FCNL Advocacy Corps

Our Advocacy Corps is ready to take on this work! They have tools to educate and organize in their communities, and a deep understanding of the urgency and complexity of gun violence prevention.

I would love to connect you with an organizer in your area and hope you will join them as they lobby to advance the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (S.42) and Extreme Risk Protection Orders (H.R. 1236).

Ready to get started? Congress is home for their August recess this month. You can take action to address the crisis of gun violence by going on a drop-by visit this month.

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Meet Two Members of the Advocacy Corps

Jones Willingham Jones Willingham: Alabama

“The ten-day [Washington Summer] intensive was arguably the greatest experience I’ve ever had with regards to the people I was surrounded by, the issues we were exploring, and the support I felt from everyone involved. It energized me to be the best advocate I can be, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this program.”

Carmiela White

Meet Karmiela White: Ohio

“I thought that I was already aware of the impact gun violence in America has, but I was wrong. Being able to share a space with people from all walks of life was truly honoring and humbling. I learned an incredible amount of information about gun violence prevention, but I learned even more about myself and the kind of activist I want to be.”

Advocacy Corps 2019-2020 

Meet the 2019-2020 class of Advocacy Corps Organizers. These 20 young adults from around the U.S. will be organizing their communities to end gun violence.

Larissa Gil Sanhueza

  • Advocacy Corps Coordinator

As the coordinator for FCNL's Advocacy Corps, Larissa Gil Sanhueza manages 20 young adult organizers around the country that lobby on one legislative issue every year. Larissa also oversees recruitment for our Spring Lobby Weekend, a four-day lobbying and educational event.