Gun Sense Now! Maggie Byers and Emilie De Angelis of Moms Demand Action NM

Emilie De Angelis and Maggie Byers of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - Peri Pakroo, Author and Coach

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty dang sick of mass shootings. After last week’s tragedy in Parkland, Florida, I reached out to Maggie Byers and Emilie De Angelis of Moms Demand Action NM to talk with me on my podcast Self-Employed Happy Hour about recent developments on the gun control front. Yeah, I realize gun control isn’t exactly squarely within the realm of the topic of “self-employment,” but a big reason why I choose to be self-employed is to have time to be active on issues when I can. And now is a time I’m feeling particularly motivated. Having my kids tell me about lockdowns in school is nothing short of crushing.

Moms Demand Action is a bi-partisan grassroots organization fighting the epidemic of gun violence in the US. My co-host Eph Sharpe and I get the lowdown from Maggie and Emilie about the group’s advocacy for common sense gun control legislation and how regular folks can get involved.

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About Peri Pakroo

Peri Pakroo is the founder, Publisher and Editor of Pyragraph. Outside her work with Pyragraph, Peri is a business author and coach, specializing in creative and smart strategies for self-employment and small business. She has started, participated in, and consulted with businesses and nonprofits for more than 20 years. Her focus is on helping people build structure for their passions to find success on their own terms. Her blog is at

Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995, and a year later began editing and writing for Nolo, specializing in business and intellectual property issues. She is the author of several top-selling Nolo titles on small business and nonprofit start-ups including The Small Business Start-Up Kit, The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit and Starting & Building a Nonprofit

Peri accidentally started her first band The Moist Towelettes at the age of 40 with her husband Turtle O’Toole. Since then she has played in a number of bands including Bellemah and her own downer-country project, Peri & the FAQs.

In 2012, Peri saw the need for a resource featuring the voices of a wide range of creative workers and the many different career paths they take. She founded Pyragraph to fill this need. Here’s the Pyragraph start-up story.

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