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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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When Shaniqua Doesn't Live in Newtown: Valuing the Lives of Black and Brown Children

June 13, 2013
With the 6 month anniversary of the Newtown massacre upon us it's a good time to self reflect on one of the central issues brought to the forefront, gun violence. On the surface it appears to be a noble crusade. If we could regulate this proliferation of guns then we could get a handle on tragedies such as Newtown or the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Co. As with most things though, things are a bit more complicated than that. Two major things that hyper focusing on Newtown obscures is racial disparities when it comes to media presentation of gun violence and the fact that violent...
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NC’s Lack of Gun Sense is Nonsense

June 13, 2013
Photo credit: Francois Polito, Sculpture of “Non-Violence”by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd He was a braggart about his guns. He told my sons about packing heat and spoke in hyperbolic detail about the other-worldly power and rush that shooting a gun can jolt. He spoke of a violent testosterone fueled definition of manhood and linked masculinity to a love affair with guns. He told my sons about a shoot out at a cafe where an armed patron shot thieves. He spoke with no compassion, only a sense of OK Corral shoot ‘em up caricatures. He guffawed about how “badass” the gent was who pulled out his gun...
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Perder un hijo por causa de la violencia de armas lo cambia todo

June 13, 2013
To read this blog post in English, click here . El 28 de noviembre del 2012, mi vida cambió para siempre. Perdí a mi hijo menor por causa de la violencia de armas. Tenía 26 años, estaba casado y tenía una niña de dos años, su mujer embarazada de nuevo con otra niña. No sé todos los detalles de su muerte. Solamente sé que él y su amigo iban saliendo de una tienda en una esquina de Oakland y los dos fueron atacados a tiros. El amigo de mi hijo sobrevivió pero mi hijo falleció. Apenas hace dos semanas, la policía detuvo a un hombre en San Jose, California, que tuvo una pelea con un guardia de...
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Guns — New Times, New Solutions

June 13, 2013
Although I do not currently carry a gun, I have twice seriously considered doing so. What I find comforting is that if I choose to own and carry a gun, the Second Amendment ensures that I am able to do so. I find it equally comforting that convicted felons and those who have domestic violence restraining orders against them or who commit certain domestic violence misdemeanors are prohibited from having guns. Having previously examined this issue, Congress wisely passed laws to prohibit these individuals from owning or possessing firearms. What Congress knew back then remains true today—the...
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