More Joyce Foundation "astroturf"
According to its website, WAVE, or the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (which strangely only seems interested in firearms violence), is "Wisconsin's only statewide grassroots organization solely dedicated to reducing gun violence, injuries and deaths."
It goes on to list its accomplishments:
"A fully functional professional organization has been created essentially from scratch and is now up and running with a solid infrastructure.
An active coalition of partner groups is in place, drawn from sectors including public health, violence prevention, law enforcement, families and children, education, faith, grassroots, community and neighborhood-based, and others."
Curiously, it doesn't seem to have any true members, just contributors. The only staffer identified is an excutive director who is mentioned in press releases. And its newsletters only go back to 2006. This "grassroots" group seems to have appeared out of nowhere in the last year. How did they muster public support?
They didn't. Bouncing over to the Joyce Foundation's lists of antigun grants, we find:
"Thursday, November 30, 2006 Printable version
WAVE Educational Fund