Americans Against Gun Violence is holding its Second Annual Fall Dinner on the evening of Saturday, November 10. The dinner will be held in conjunction with the Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility again this year at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way, in Sacramento.
The cost of the dinner is $50 per person ($25 for students). Reserved tables are available for groups of 10 or more. Chicken and vegetarian (including vegan) entrees are available. (The salmon option is no longer available as of November 5.) There will be a no-host bar inside the banquet room. Doors open at 6:00 PM for check-in and social hour, dinner begins at 7:00 PM, and the program begins at 8:00. Advance reservations are required. (Reservations are now closed.)
The Australian physician, Dr. Tilman Ruff, will be the keynote speaker at the dinner. Dr. Ruff is the co-founder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. ICAN was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for the key role that it played in getting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons passed by a vote of 122-1 in the United Nations General Assembly in July of 2017.
Although the focus of Dr. Ruff’s keynote address will be the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons, Americans Against Gun Violence president Dr. Bill Durston will also be talking at the dinner about the other end of the spectrum of weapons of mass destruction – small arms – with an emphasis on the recent mass shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue and a California nightclub and the example that Australia provides for taking a swift and definitive response to such tragedies to prevent them from recurring over and over again. The program will also feature a presentation by the 2018 Americans Against Gun Violence High School Essay Contest winner.