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Stemming Gun Violence: A Window of Opportunity

June 11, 2013
On the morning of December 14, 2012, just 6 months ago, I was rounding on newborn babies in the hospital. Zipping from room to room I checked on swaddled babies sleeping in the crook of their exhausted mothers' arms. For a brief moment I glanced at my twitter feed and stood stunned as news trickled in about a classroom of first graders who were savagely shot and killed. As a pediatrician, I felt undone. Children in my care were newly born and healthy. Children of others were prematurely taken away. While the sudden loss of so many young children in Sandy Hook was heart wrenching, there are...

Make Mass Shootings a Memory

June 11, 2013
There are days that are seared into our communal memory. The day JFK was shot. September 11, 2001. But horrifically now our collective memories mark anniversaries of mass shootings. We add them to the calendars in our minds and struggle to get past them. June 14 is the six-month anniversary of Newtown. April 16 was the six-year anniversary of Virginia Tech. July 20 will be the one-year anniversary of Aurora. January 8 was the second year anniversary of Tucson. Each new day brings 30 new tragedies to mark. It is time now to end this scourge of senseless violence. Congress must act now to end...
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Why Women Should Care about Expanding Background Checks

June 11, 2013
When Zina Haughton obtained a restraining order that prohibited her physically abusive husband from purchasing a gun, she thought she was safe. But despite the court order, Mr. Haughton purchased a gun from an online private seller. Not long after, Mr. Haughton shot and murdered Zina and two of her colleagues. Unfortunately, stories like Zina’s are not foreign in cases of domestic abuse. Data shows that more than half of women murdered with guns in the United States are killed by intimate partners, and more than half of mass shootings are acts of domestic or family violence. A 2010 report by...
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The Fight for Racial Justice Continues

May 30, 2013
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities (aka Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence) is a pan-Asian organization based in New York City that has been doing social and racial justice work since 1986. We are rooted in low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities and work to build the leadership of those most impacted by systemic and institutional injustice and violence. We believe that policing and state violence affects everyone. As Asians, we are often disregarded or looked at with skepticism when it comes to these issues. However, we are clear that despite there being examples of success...
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Sorrow, Anger, ACTION! - A Gathering of Voices Against Gun Violence

May 29, 2013
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 to join your voice with ours as we remember that tragic day and use our voices to turn anger into action. In these last six months, what have our national leaders done to help prevent such tragedies and reduce the terrible gun violence that devastates...
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TAKE ACTION: Roaring our terrible roars, gnashing our terrible teeth

May 23, 2013
Ever felt like a wild thing? Last mon th, 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 the public supports . Lawmakers take heed! The failure to pass background checks provoked a wild rumpus across the land, in some places directly against the lawmakers who voted against background checks. For example, in New Hampshire, Sen. Kelly Ayotte faced intense...
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Gems of Wisdom from 3rd Graders on Gun Violence

May 17, 2013
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, many of them have seen the effects of gun violence in the streets. Camilla said: "I want to discuss with you why you want to stop gun violence. I think it's because you want less people passing away." Marilyn said: "I think you should close gun stores. That's my opinion."...
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Coupons for AK47s and alcohol?

May 14, 2013
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 company that offers discount opportunities to participate in fun experiences such as cookie tastings, acting workshops, or even exotic vacations. Such offerings now include “adventures” that combine booze with firearms, promoting and glorifying a risky combination...
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Resisting Rape Culture: In Media & Street

May 13, 2013
“Respect me.” “I am more than what you see.” “I want to feel safe.” These messages we chalked on the sidewalk during a demonstration for International Anti Street Harassment Week in Philadelphia this past April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) resonate with anyone who has felt dehumanized, objectified and targeted - while walking down the street. This was my third year helping to organize a street harassment demonstration with FAAN Mail (Fostering Activism & Alternatives Now), a media literacy/activist project I co-founded with women of color. This year several young people joined us,...
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How many more mothers are childless today because our Congress isn’t brave enough to act?

May 10, 2013
Nothing is worse than losing a child. This may be one of the few universal beliefs that still holds true in every far reaching corner of the globe. And, I think most would agree that few acts of personal courage are more inspiring than the strength and grace with which many mothers who have experienced the greatest loss devote to preventing others from experiencing such anguish. In the early 1990s, when I first started working with HELP USA, a national nonprofit providing housing and human services for homeless and low income families in challenged communities, I met mothers whose sons were...
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