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A mom and marine vet on gun safety

July 16, 2013
Charlotte Brock made this statement to lawmakers and the news media at MomsRising's July 9 " Moo with MomsRising " gun safety action on Capitol Hill. I am a mom and a veteran of the Marine Corps, where I served for seven years. I’d like to talk to you about firearm safety and the significance of passing legislation to ensure everyone who purchases a gun legally in this country passes a criminal background check. In the Marine Corps, before a recruit ever touches a weapon, he or she goes through a rigorous selection process including psychological evaluation, mental ability tests, and a...
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"My darkest hour"

July 15, 2013
Yesterday our hearts went out to Trayvon Martin's mother, who tweeted this: "Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have...Thank you all for your prayers and support... I will love you forever Trayvon!!!" ~ Sybrina Fulton, July 14, 2013 As mothers, we stand with Sybrina Fulton. We stand for advancing gun safety policies, for ending racial profiling, and for eliminating dangerous laws, like the "stand your ground" law in Florida, all of which contributed to Trayvon Martin's untimely death at age 17. In February of 2012, George Zimmerman admittedly followed Trayvon Martin...
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Moms Stand With Sybrina Fulton And With All Moms Who've Lost Children to Gun Violence

July 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, 14 July 2013 Statement by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of MomsRising.org, on justice for Trayvon Martin and last night’s Court ruling: “As mothers, we stand with Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mom, and with all the moms who've lost their children to gun violence. We stand for advancing gun safety policies and for eliminating dangerous gun laws, like the "stand your ground" law in Florida that contributed to Trayvon Martin's untimely death at age seventeen. MomsRising has long stood for gun violence prevention as well as for fair treatment and...
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What every parent should know about our juvenile justice system

July 12, 2013
I’m one of those moms who sees danger in every corner. I check for ticks, apply sun screen, and make sure my child is buckled into her car seat. I take it as my personal responsibility to ensure her safety. This taking of responsibility is a theme for our family. When my daughter messes up, I make sure she takes responsibility for her actions and try to help her do the right thing the next time. One important way I do this is to teach her to treat others as she herself wants to be treated. That’s a golden rule in our household -- and it’s central to the work I do, as well. Let me explain. I’...
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A New Film About Oscar Grant Opens This Weekend

July 12, 2013
This Friday, an incredible film opens in theaters. Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant (played by Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was unjustly killed by a police officer on New Year’s Day 2009. The film’s director wanted to tell the story through the eyes of the people that knew him best. And the most important people in his life were women - his girlfriend, his mom, and his young daughter. Ryan Coogler is a 26 year-old filmmaker from the East Bay Area, California who has been making movies for five years. His feature length screenplay FRUITVALE,...
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Cows Against Gun Violence

June 19, 2013
Apologies to heifers everywhere, but cows, well, they smell bad. So did the April 17th U.S. Senate vote that failed to advance common sense gun policy reform. Clearly some Senators were more concerned about special interests than they were about the fact that more than 90% of the American people support background checks for gun purchases, and that’s just… there's no other way to say it…. a huge, steaming cow patty! That's why MomsRising and our moms in the Washington, DC Metro Area are planning a little bovine-themed trip to Capitol Hill in a few weeks to let U.S. Senators know how udderly...
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We Can Do Better

June 17, 2013
Guns killed more preschoolers in one year than they did law-enforcement officers in the line of duty. Ask yourself if this is really what we as Americans meant by putting our children first? American companies manufacture enough bullets each year to fire 31 rounds into every one of our citizens. How many more mass-murders will it take to get Congress to pass sensible gun regulation? The number of children and teens killed by guns in 2010 was nearly five times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in action that year in Iraq and Afghanistan. Shouldn’t our legislators be as concerned about the...
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Sorrow, Anger, ACTION! — A Gathering of Voices Against Gun Violence

June 14, 2013
MomsRising, PICONetwork, UltraViolet, Children's Defense Fund and the National Network to End Domestic Violence are pleased to present this gathering of voices against gun violence. Gun violence causes more than 30 deaths daily, yet gun manufacturers and their allies hope that the public will forget this inconvenient fact. We won’t forget. Today marks the six-month anniversary of the Newtown school shootings, and nearly the fifth month anniversary of the tragic death of Hadiya Pendleton. While both those events were well covered by the media, the fact is that gun violence breaks hearts in...
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Why Did Raymond in the 5th Grade Need Bullets?

June 14, 2013
Raymond is suffering from depression. He doesn’t know that he is depressed. He is 11-years-old and in the 5th grade. He only knows that he is tired of feeling this way. He has no friends with whom he can be himself. School is too hard. His parents only accept “A”s and he can’t come close to getting those in his new demanding school. He doesn’t see a way out. He wants the pain to end, and he is prepared to end it. In the days that follow his decision to end his own life, his parents notice that he seems more upbeat. They knew things were difficult at school. They figured he would sort things...
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Bullets are not a safety plan

June 14, 2013
I can’t believe it’s the six-month anniversary of Newtown. I took a moment to read this blog I wrote a few days after the tragic event. It feels as relevant to me today as it did 6 months ago. The conversations are the same and I feel frustrated and stuck. We simply have to move forward. -Traci This blog post originally appeared in Can You Relate? Like many of you, I’ve been sad for days, affected by the horrible events in Newtown. I haven’t been able to talk much about it. One because I have an almost 4-year-old who just doesn’t need to process this, and two, because I can’t be very...
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