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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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