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Sorrow, Anger, ACTION! – A Gathering of Voices Against Gun Violence

Posted May 29th, 2013 by

More than 30 people are killed with guns each day in our nation, according to the CDC. June 14 is the six-month anniversary of Newtown, and nearly the fifth month anniversary of the tragic death of Hadiya Pendleton. MomsRising, PICO Network, UltraViolet, Children’s Defense Fund and the National Network to End Domestic Violence invite you [...]

TAKE ACTION: Roaring our terrible roars, gnashing our terrible teeth

Posted May 23rd, 2013 by

Ever felt like a wild thing? Last month, I found myself “roaring my terrible roar and gnashing my terrible teeth and rolling my terrible eyes and showing my terrible claws,” because the Senate failed to pass the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which would have expanded background checks for gun purchases and is a measure that 90% of [...]

Gems of Wisdom from 3rd Graders on Gun Violence

Posted May 17th, 2013 by

I had to share this audio clip of Vice President Biden reading from a binder of letters about guns from third graders in North Philadelphia.   As Biden’s mother used to say, “Out of the mouths of babes comes gems of wisdom.” These little kids understand, because, coming from one of Philadelphia’s most impoverished schools, [...]

Coupons for AK47s and alcohol?

Posted May 14th, 2013 by

I like deals as much as the next mom, but a coupon for AK-47s, rifles and pistols and also 10 cocktails? Ridiculous, but true! LivingSocial, offers this coupon while telling customers to, “Take a break from the urban insanity—and blow off some steam while you’re at it—with this fully loaded Adventure.” LivingSocial is an Internet [...]

Have Moms Forgotten About Newtown?

Posted April 5th, 2013 by

Just three short months after the tragic shooting deaths of 20 first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School… Just weeks after a Chicago infant was killed in cross fire… And just days after President Obama made an impassioned plea to the American people to “remember how we felt 100 days ago, and make sure that [...]

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Zina’s Story: How Weak Gun Laws Turn Domestic Abuse Into Murder

Posted April 3rd, 2013 by

Women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than they are in any other developed nation. This violence is directly related to our weak gun laws.

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Speak louder Than Gun Fire

Posted March 28th, 2013 by

A couple of weeks ago, I met a woman named Louisa during a protest in front of the NRA’s national headquarters. As I walked beside her, waving my sign that said, “Smart Gun Laws, Safe Families,” I asked her, “Has anyone in your family ever been impacted by gun violence?” Literally stopping in her tracks, [...]

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The perfect goodbye gift for a super hero mom

Posted February 20th, 2013 by

On February 14, Lisa P. Jackson stepped down from her post as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She will go down in history as the first African-American leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, but we will also remember her as a mom. With her own experience of spending nights in the emergency room [...]

A child’s absence

Posted February 19th, 2013 by

Last December, as the Newtown story was unfolding, I called my husband to see if he had heard… and as he as answered the phone, I just started tearing up. I could barely get my words out. Even now, I sometimes find it difficult to talk about it. Was it because there were so many [...]

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Moms’ hearts break the loudest

Posted February 4th, 2013 by

When one mom I know turned on her TV and saw the breaking news about a gunman at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, she stood up and started shouting, “No!” and throwing pieces of laundry she had been folding at the TV screen. Another mom I know got straight into her car [...]

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