Organizations advocating policies and programs to reduce violence by incorporating a public health perspective are listed, as are advocates of opposing views.


Californians for Responsible Gun Laws
Mark Pertschuk, JD, Executive Director, Lynn Dix, Communications Director, 2168 Shattuck Ave., Ste. 300, Berkeley, CA 94704, 510.649.8946, fax: 510.649.7894, e-mail:, Californians for Responsible Gun Laws

Californians for Responsible Gun Laws works to reduce firearm deaths and injuries by organizing grass roots campaigns for gun control legislation at the state and local levels.

Women Against Gun Violence
Susan Shaw, Executive Director, Ann Reiss Lane, Founder, 8800 Venice Blvd., Suite 302, Los Angeles, CA 90034, 310.204.2348, fax: 310.204.6643, e-mail:

Women Against Gun Violence educates, organizes and mobilizes women and men to prevent gun violence and stop the proliferation of lethal weapons.

Handgun Control, Inc.
Luis Tolley, Western Regional Director, 10951 West Pico Blvd., Ste. 100, Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310.446.0056, fax: 310.475.3147, Handgun Control, Inc.

Handgun Control, Inc. lobbies for legislation regarding firearms. Its partner organization is the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, chaired by Sarah Brady. The Center performs education, legal advocacy, research on handgun violence and outreach to the entertainment community.

Trauma Foundation
Andrew McGuire, Executive Director, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Ave., Bldg. 1, Room 300, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415.285.1793, fax: 415.282.2563, e-mail:, Trauma Foundation
Eric Gorovitz, JD, MPH, Legal Director, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Ave., Bldg. 1, Room 300, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415.285.1793, fax: 415.282.2563, e-mail:, Trauma Foundation

The Trauma Foundation's mission is to reduce the number of injuries and deaths due to injuries through prevention, improved trauma care and improved rehabilitation. Gorovitz developed a legal argument in support of local regulation of firearms in California which cities across the state have used to promote and defend local regulation of firearms. See Gorovitz E., "California Dreamin': The Myth of State Preemption of Local Firearm Regulation." 30 University of San Francisco Law Review 395 (1996).

National Rifle Association (NRA)
Press contact: Bill Powers, Public Affairs Representative, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030, 703.267.3820, National Rifle Association

Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, the NRA is a membership organization with divisions representing firearm safety, firearms training, law enforcement programs, junior shooting activities, women's issues, hunter services, recreational shooting, competitions, gun collecting and defense of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Second Amendment Foundation
Press contact: Dave LaCourse, Public Affairs Director, James Madison Building, 12500 NE Tenth Place, Bellevue, WA 98005, 206.454.7012, fax: 206.451.3959, e-mail:, Second Amendment Foundation

The Second Amendment Foundation engages in educational, research, publishing and legal action programs to inform the public about the right to privately own and possess firearms.

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Gary Kleck, PhD, Professor, Florida State University, 153 Bellamy Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2025, 904.644.7651, fax: 904.644.9614, e-mail:, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Professor Kleck argues that the rate that guns are used protectively is underestimated (see Kleck, G. and Gertz, M., "Armed resistance to crime - the prevalence and nature of self-defense with a gun." Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 86, no. 1 (Fall 1995): 150-187).


California Council on Alcohol Policy
Joan Kiley, MA, Executive Director of Community Recovery Services, Coordinator of the Alcohol Policy Network, President of the California Council on Alcohol Policy, 2512 9th St., Ste. 3, Berkeley, CA 94710-2542, 510.548.9822, fax: 510.548.0485, e-mail:

The California Council on Alcohol Policy assists communities to reduce alcohol-related problems through education, community organizing and public policy efforts.

Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
Karen Bass, Executive Director, 8101 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044, 213.750.9087, fax: 213.750.9640

The Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment assists the South Los Angeles community with organizing and advocacy to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse.

The Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and other Drug Problems
James F. Mosher, JD, Senior Policy Advisor, 24 Belvedere St., San Rafael, CA 94901, 415.456.5692, fax: 415.456.0491, e-mail:, The Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and other Drug Problems

The Marin Institute is a nonprofit organization primarily concerned with public health approaches to the prevention of alcohol problems. Such approaches include advertising restrictions, excise taxes, limits on local availability and third party liability.

Beer Institute
Raymond McGrath, President, Jeff Becker, Vice President for Alcohol Issues, 122 C Street, NW, Ste. 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.737.BEER, fax: 202.737.7004, e-mail:, Beer Institute

Founded in 1986, the Beer Institute is the official trade association for the American brewing industry, whose 222 members include national, regional, local and international brewers as well as suppliers of brewing goods, services and agricultural products. Together, its members produce 93 percent of the beer sold in America.


Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW)
Patricia Giggans, Executive Director, 6043 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 200, Los Angeles, CA 90028, 213.462.1281, fax: 213.462.8434, e-mail:

LACAAW is a nonprofit, feminist, multicultural organization whose goal is the elimination of violence against women and children. It informs the community about the problem of violence, teaches women to defend themselves against it and offers intervention and support for its survivors.

Family Violence Prevention Fund
Esta Soler, Executive Director., 383 Rhode Island St., Ste. 304, San Francisco, CA 94103-5133, 415.252.8900, fax: 415.252.8991, e-mail:, Family Violence Prevention Fund

The Family Violence Prevention Fund is a national nonprofit organization that focuses on domestic violence education, prevention and public policy reform.

Association of Batterers' Intervention Programs
Alyce LaViolette, MS, MFCC, Co-chair, 3703 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. E10, Long Beach, CA 90807, 562.493.1161, fax: 562.426.6995

The Association of Batterers' Intervention Programs, organized in 1989, deals with domestic violence issues related to counseling, education, training and legislative changes focused on batterers' intervention.

Oakland Men's Project (OMP)
Allan Creighton, Executive Director, 1203 Preservation Park Way, Ste. 200, Oakland, CA 94612, 510.835.2433, ext. 21, fax: 510.835.2466

The Oakland Men's Project teaches, trains and organizes youth and adults to understand, intervene in and prevent men's abuse of women and young people.


Youth Alive
Deane Calhoun, Executive Director, Summit Medical Center, 3012 Summit St., Ste. 3670, Oakland, CA 94609, 510.444.6191, fax: 510.444.6195, e-mail:
Fidel Valenzuela, Program Manager, 7601 East Imperial Hwy., JPI3IT/3135, Downy, CA 90242, 310.401.8166, fax: 310.401.7201

"Teens on Target," a project of Youth Alive, is a model peer education and advocacy program for high-risk youth that has trained over 4,000 teenagers a year in Oakland and Los Angeles to use prevention strategies as a way of responding to violence.

Urban Strategies Council
Greg Hodge, Executive Director, Thornton House, 672 13th St., Oakland, CA 94612, 510.893.2404, fax: 510.893.6657

The Urban Strategies Council is a nonprofit resource and advocacy organization working to reduce persistent poverty and further economic opportunities for low-income families.

Teen Abuse Prevention Program (TAP)
Leah Aldridge, MFA, Director, 6043 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 200, Los Angeles, CA 90028, 213.462.1281, fax: 213.462.8434, e-mail:

TAP provides local communities with support and counseling networks for a wide variety of teens-from those in mainstream high school settings to youth living on the street and targeted as high risk. Services include: 24-hour hotline crisis intervention, confidential in-person counseling, teen counseling groups, violence prevention education, training and technical assistance.

California Child, Youth and Family Coalition (CCYFC)
Kate Fogle, Executive Director, 2424 Castro Way, Sacramento, CA 95818, 916.739.6912, fax: 916.739.1812, e-mail:

The California Child, Youth and Family Coalition provides information, education, training and advocacy on a range of issues affecting young people and their families.

Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
Billie Weiss, MPH, Program Director, Injury and Violence Prevention Program, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, 313 North Figueroa Street, Room 127, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213.240.7785, fax: 213.250.2594, e-mail:

The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles works to reduce violence in Los Angeles County by reducing the availability of guns, identifying and reducing the causative factors of violence and promoting nonviolent behavior.

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Vincent Schiraldi, MSW, Executive Director, 2208 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20020, 202.678.9282, fax: 202.678.9321, e-mail:
Dan Macallair, MA Public Administration, Associate Director, 1622 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415.621.5661, fax: 415.621.5466, e-mail:

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing society's reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems. It advocates alternatives to incarceration.

Commonweal/Californians for Juvenile Justice Reform
David Steinhart, Program Director, P.O. Box 316, Bolinas, CA 94924, 415.388.6666, fax: 415.388.6415, e-mail:

Commonweal's Juvenile Justice Program conducts statewide advocacy and analysis on juvenile justice, youth service and violence prevention issues. Commonweal, a nonprofit health policy organization, supports a coalition of agencies and individuals known as Californians for Juvenile Justice Reform, which supplies information on current policy developments.