Under the updates tab, find out how to win a print from photographer Joe Quint in support of Sandy and Lonnie.

On July 20 of this year it will be five years since Jessica Redfield Ghawi was murdered in the Aurora Theater Massacre along with 11 other people. In addition to dealing with their broken hearts, her parents, Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, have faced a lot of difficult decisions, in the last five years.

Jessi was an aspiring sports journalist poised to take the Denver journalism scene by storm. It was apparent that her passion, talent and enthusiasm would lead to great success in the industry. She is missed dearly and constantly, almost five years later.

Since their daughter’s death, her parents have worked to try and make sure that Jessi and other victims and survivors of gun violence have a voice in the world as they fight for reasonable gun regulations. They started a charity called Jessi’s Message to raise awareness

They are most proud of their work connecting survivors and victims because they don’t want anyone to feel like they’re going through this alone. A death or injury caused by gun violence is so inexplicable and leaves the victims’ families, friends and communities so devastated that they need to have support from others who have experienced this horrific situation. When Sandy and Lonnie are on the road, they meet with other victims and survivors, lawmakers, advocates and other interested citizens as they cross the country in their camper trailer.

With the backing of a gun violence prevention organization, Sandy and Lonnie were encouraged to file lawsuits against negligent internet sellers of ammunition linked to their daughter’s death. They did not sue for financial gain. They simply wanted the businesses to stop their dangerous practices. It was during the trial that the organization backing them decided to part ways—leaving Sandy and Lonnie with no financial shield against the suit and without an income.

When the lawsuit was dismissed, the judge ordered that they pay legal fees to the defendants based on an outrageous law entitled the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (Also known as PLCAA). This immoral law unfairly protects the firearms industry from any civil lawsuit claiming “negligent practices” and left them with the choice of paying over $200,000 to those whose gross negligence contributed to their daughter’s murder or file for bankruptcy.

As Sandy said, over the last five years, they’ve lost everything, but each other.

Sandy and Lonnie are doing their best to continue on, but they now live on their very small social security benefits. They want to be able to keep spreading Jessi’s message. This year, they have invitations to go to Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado. By speaking, participating on panel discussion, and showing a recent Katie Couric documentary, “Under the Gun,” which features Lonnie, Sandy and Jessi, they want to continue to move the conversation advocating for sensible gun laws.

Sandy and Lonnie’s activism for sensible gun laws has become even more critical given our current political climate. They are hoping that local and state governments will act to counteract backtracking on this issue at the federal level. The work Sandy and Lonnie would like to continue requires donations from people because they do not receive a salary through their charity. Please consider donating to Sandy and Lonnie’s campaign to give Jessi and all victims of gun violence a voice.


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Samir Hafza endorsed

    “Eighty percent of Americans support sensible measures to control guns in America. If only half of those spoke up. Thank you for sharing with us Jessi's story and the story of your struggle.”

  • Nancy Feldman endorsed

    “No parent should lose a child to gun violence!”

  • Tricia Gronnevik endorsed

    “I'm a gun owner who comes from a long line of hunters. No one wants to take away that right but these weapons are outrageous, it's too easy to get a gun and the gun lobby has way too much power. Sandy and Lonnie inspired me every day.”

  • clare senchyna endorsed

    “I also lost a child to senseless gun violence. Thank you Sandy & Lonnie for making this your life's work.”

  • Kimberly Brusk endorsed

    “They are amazing survivors and violence prevention advocates.”

  • Sarah Pearson endorsed

    “I own guns, love to shoot at a shooting range or targets, and have always been a firm believer in gun safety but the access to weaponry and ammunition on the internet, is absolutely rediculous and makes me furious! I love you Lonnie and Sandy. Thank you for all you have done. I'm so sorry for your loss and for the loss of the family members out there who join in your sadness from a loss that had to do with tragedy such as yours. Wish I could donate more...”

  • Lori Killian endorsed

    “I support Sandy and Lonnie Phillips because I'm a gun violence survivor”

  • Maria Pike endorsed

    “These warriors must have out love and support. At awe of their strenght and committment to us all.”

  • Cindy Phillips endorsed

    “Sandy and Lonnie are the picture of devotion to their daughter, to ending gun violence and to each other. I am honored to be their friend.”

November 6, 2017

Call to Action: Sutherland Springs

Sandy and Lonnie are hoping to travel to Texas to help the newest survivors of gun violence and the community that has been affected.

Please donate today! We're looking to raise $5000.

Also, consider joining our Facebook page: Survivors Empowered

July 4, 2017

A Fourth of July Message

Sandy posted a message on Jessi's Message Crowdpac page for July 4th: https://www.crowdpac.com/user/...

Fourth of July Message

On July 4th each year, I am left with my thoughts on how afraid my daughter, Jessi, was of fireworks & loud popping sounds.  Knowing these were the last sounds she heard makes me sick to my soul and breaks my heart. 

Since her death, we have met so many victims and survivors who have similar stories and now suffer from PTSD. We seem to understand that many veterans struggle with this disorder and we honor them for their service.

As a country, we choose to turn our heads away from the wounded gun violence victims who never went to war and continue to suffer daily with their demons.

Please help us continue our mission to grow our grassroots base and work with victims & survivors across the nation through jessismessage.org

By Survivors. For Survivors. Enabling Survivors.


June 2, 2017

National Gun Violence Prevention Day

Remember to wear orange today to show your support for the Gun Violence Prevention Movement.

Sandy and Lonnie continue to spread Jessi’s Message this summer as we approach the five-year anniversary of Aurora. Currently, they were in Newtown, Connecticut.

Please consider donating to help them continue their work. Thank you.

April 14, 2017

For Sandy’s Birthday!

Sandy’s Birthday is Saturday. Why not take her out for a symbolic breakfast, lunch, or dinner...or just a cup of coffee?

Donations: $5 for coffee, $15 for breakfast, $25 for lunch and $50 for dinner.

Additionally, she wanted to thank everyone for his or her donations. Without them, she wouldn’t have had the funds to pack up and go to testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee. Every donation is helping her spread Jessi’s message.

You can also help by sharing the donation page!

March 30, 2017

A Message of Thanks

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this campaign! Sandy and Lonnie are extremely grateful. Every donation means so much to them.

Sandy and Lonnie have a busy summer ahead. Please consider sharing this campaign and continue supporting their cause.

Also, we have a winner from our drawing, Andrew M. He won the print from Joe Quint, the documentary photographer behind "

March 24, 2017

Sandy's Testimony at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings for Gorsuch,

Sandy spoke at Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's hearing. She did a wonderful job and you can watch her testimony here:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4663090/sandy-phillipss-testimony-march-23-2017

Thank you to everyone for your support so far!

Your contribution allows Sandy and Lonnie to continue to spread Jessi's Message.

Please consider sharing this page to allow others the opportunity to support Sandy and Lonnie.

March 19, 2017

A Drawing For Donations of $100 or More.

Joe Quint, the documentary photographer behind the "It Takes Us." photo project, made the following offer to anyone who donates before March 26:

"Hi all - to help Sandy and Lonnie meet (and exceed!) their goal, I'm happy to raffle off one of my photographs. Here's how it'll work:

Anyone who contributes $100 or more will be automatically entered into a drawing on 3/26/2017. The winner and then choose any image from www.ittakes.us and they'll receive a custom, original 16 x 20 print... signed or unsigned.

Enter often and share!"

March 15, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Wayne J Kaplan endorsed

  • Samir Hafza endorsed

    “Eighty percent of Americans support sensible measures to control guns in America. If only half of those spoke up. Thank you for sharing with us Jessi's story and the story of your struggle.”

  • Nancy Feldman endorsed

    “No parent should lose a child to gun violence!”

  • Tricia Gronnevik endorsed

    “I'm a gun owner who comes from a long line of hunters. No one wants to take away that right but these weapons are outrageous, it's too easy to get a gun and the gun lobby has way too much power. Sandy and Lonnie inspired me every day.”

  • clare senchyna endorsed

    “I also lost a child to senseless gun violence. Thank you Sandy & Lonnie for making this your life's work.”

  • Kimberly Brusk endorsed

    “They are amazing survivors and violence prevention advocates.”

  • Carla Y. Willis endorsed

  • Sarah Pearson endorsed

    “I own guns, love to shoot at a shooting range or targets, and have always been a firm believer in gun safety but the access to weaponry and ammunition on the internet, is absolutely rediculous and makes me furious! I love you Lonnie and Sandy. Thank you for all you have done. I'm so sorry for your loss and for the loss of the family members out there who join in your sadness from a loss that had to do with tragedy such as yours. Wish I could donate more...”

  • Lori Killian endorsed

    “I support Sandy and Lonnie Phillips because I'm a gun violence survivor”

  • Aron Weinberg endorsed

  • Maria Pike endorsed

    “These warriors must have out love and support. At awe of their strenght and committment to us all.”

  • Cindy Phillips endorsed

    “Sandy and Lonnie are the picture of devotion to their daughter, to ending gun violence and to each other. I am honored to be their friend.”

  • Julie Ring Keller endorsed

  • Amanda Johnson endorsed

  • Jeremy Bramson endorsed

  • Brinda Sousley endorsed

  • Darlene Kaplan endorsed