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Assault Weapons Ban (or Not): My Brief Foray into Local Politics

July 31, 2013
On Monday night there was a town hall meeting to discuss a local gun control measure. The backstory is that Illinois was required by the SCOTUS to create a concealed carry weapons policy. We were the last state to do so. I wasn’t following along closely about the way it played out in Springfield, but it was kind of a mess. Governor Quinn vetoed the policy and legislators overrode the veto. Ultimately municipalities had 10 days to create their own gun laws.10 days to develop an concealed carry/assault weapons policy.Also, each town that developed a policy was required to create its own...
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"Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago." - Pres. Barack Obama

July 24, 2013
In the wake of the collective sadness and disappointment across the country when George Zimmerman was allowed to walk away free after killing 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, our President spoke as a parent and shared this heartfelt statement: “When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son.” ~ President Barack Obama As parents, we know how vulnerable our children can be everyday. But while our children are among the most vulnerable, they also are among those who have the biggest potential to help move our nation toward a better future. In fact, history shows us that...
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"My STRAIGHT Son Was Repeatedly Denied Promotions For 'Being Gay'"

July 18, 2013
I love my son. Like any mother, I would do anything for him -- anything to make sure that he can live up to his potential and fulfill all of his dreams. That's why I was completely stunned when my son -- my straight son -- was refused promotions at work for being gay. I grew up in a small town in southeastern Ohio where everyone looked like me. There was zero diversity in my early childhood. As I moved into junior high, I began hearing words like "sissy," and "dyke"...all describing people I considered friends. After my first year of college, my friend Michelle was the first person who came...
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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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