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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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Another Toddler Dies. A 3-Year Old in Arizona Shoots Himself in the Face

May 9, 2013
It seems like an everyday thing now. You get online or turn on the TV and there it is. Another headline of a child/toddler getting hold of a gun, playing with a gun, and dying by a gun. Some of the public and media seem to be getting tired or numb to such stories. The Arizona death of a 3-year old barely made it to mainstream media. Why? Is this kind of story no longer shiny and sexy news? I’m angry. Children –babies–are dying for no good reasons, while pompous NRA advocates are finding more ways to lobby/buy more pro-gun laws. In Arizona, the state where this child died, Governor Jan Brewer...
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Tell Chicago Public Schools: No Rape Music at Prom

April 24, 2013
I vividly remember my high school prom. We were dressed like adults and many anticipated the chance to play the part. Do you remember the scene: doey-eyed teenagers and whispers of all the possible places to spend the rest of the night without adult supervision? For young people, the energy of the night is electric and unforgettable. They will make decisions that night that can have life-altering consequences. Their judgement should not be influenced by music that encourages violence and promotes rape. The musician Chief Keef is a Chicago rapper who has received national attention for his...
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Without Economic and Safety Reforms, Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence are at Increased Risk

April 15, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in National Network to End Domestic Violence . Domestic violence victims often describe feeling like prisoners in their own homes – beaten and controlled by abusive partners, silenced, isolated and shamed, without the protections or resources to leave and find safety. For immigrant victims of domestic violence, this sense of imprisonment is even more pronounced, because their abusers have additional weapons to use against them – their dependent immigration status or lack of legal status. They threaten victims with deportation and with having their children...
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Say “Not Again” to Gun Violence in America: A Song and a Perspective from a Dad Abroad

April 10, 2013
I am very grateful to MomsRising for the opportunity to share my music and thoughts with all of you. The repeated, tragic shootings in our country have pained me. I am a proud father of three wonderful teenage daughters. Though a native New Yorker, from the Bronx, I do not live in America, nor have I been impacted personally by any of the many horrific events. I feel deeply for those who have suffered personally through these events, and applaud their courage to speak out and become activists for what is such an important cause: reducing gun violence in America and protecting our children in...
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Interfaith Call-in Day to Prevent Gun Violence

April 9, 2013
Over the past few months we have come together in the faith community many times to stop gun violence. We made a difference: our congregants made more than 10,000 calls to the Senate on February 4th in our Faiths Calling campaign. Since the Senate debate and vote on a gun violence prevention package is imminent, we are working hard to ensure our next call in day on April 9th rings loudly throughout the chambers of the Senate. We need you to help ensure our collective efforts are a success. April 9th Faiths Calling – Interfaith Call-in Day to Prevent Gun Violence www.faithscalling.org 1-888-...
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Have Moms Forgotten About Newtown?

April 5, 2013
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 what we said at that time wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it”... I woke up to this front-page Washington Post headline: “Gun measures may be in jeopardy in Congress – Post-Newtown push falters.” (Online headline) What?! When I look at my kids and think about those...
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