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#UNLOAD’s Mary Himes and Miggs Burroughs with guest host, Charlie Grady, will engage in a series of conversations with five women who will shed light on the loaded question of whether firearms make women safer. We will talk with a former police captain, a photographer who documents victims of gun violence, a formerly incarcerated woman who has a successful re-entry story, an artist who reinterprets images of women from film noir movies, and an activist who creates jewelry from bullet casings. We’ll explore what drew these women into the world of firearms and get insights about the impact of guns on women.

Image credit: artwork by Ann Chernow, “Pulp…Fact of Fiction,” silkscreen, oil on canvas

Jessica Mindich

Activist and entrepreneur, Jessica Mindich, founded the Caliber Collection in 2012 as a way to address urban gun violence. Her collection of jewelry, art and lighting – made from illegal guns and the metal from the shell casings from some of the toughest cities in America like Hartford, Newark, and Detroit – raised money to fund gun buybacks and amnesty programs. We’ll talk with her about how she got involved in gun violence prevention, her experiences working in the male-dominated world of crime prevention, and how to engage people by offering hope.

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