Gloria is a campaign innovator focused on the strategic combination of powerful messaging, technology and data, and grassroots organizing in order to drive engagement, build on-the-ground power, and move issues forward. Prior to MomsRising, she was principal for Internet communications strategy at Turner Strategies, where she launched online communities around issues ranging from climate change and democracy to civil rights and women's health. Gloria conceived and helped found the influential 2009 Fem2.0 conference and the Fem2.0 online community. As communications director for the media futures think tank, the Institute for the Connected Society (iFOCOS), she was an early adopter of online platforms, including blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, and was a driving force in building the We Media conferences into a must-attend event for the media vanguard. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and French with varying degrees of fluency.
Blog Post List
June 7, 2019
Today, June 7, is #WearOrange National Gun Violence Awareness Day. With the tragic mass shooting in Virginia Beach just last weekend (and the seemingly daily parade of gun violence headlines in both local and national news), it often feels like every day is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Indeed, gun violence takes some 40,000 lives every year in our country. That’s why it’s so important to build the gun safety movement to get our leaders to finally find real solutions. So this week, in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we are dedicating all of our #5Actions to gun...
June 4, 2019
Virginia is my home, and I am heartbroken over the mass shooting over the weekend at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center that killed 12 and injured at least four others. I am also furious that year after year, during the legislative session, the Republican majority in the General Assembly blocks every attempt to improve gun safety -- literally, every single attempt. Please help me say SHAME on the Republican majority in the Virginia General Assembly - and urge them to take action on gun safety for Virginia. It’s beyond time for them to take action to advance public safety. Too often they do...
May 6, 2019
A reckless killer of children should not carry a badge. Yet, that’s exactly what Cleveland’s police union is trying to do — get Timothy Loehmann, who shot to death 12-year-old Tamir Rice while he was playing in a park , back on the Cleveland police force. The very idea makes me both sick to my stomach and want to scream. It’s unthinkable, unacceptable, and just so. wrong. *Join me in helping Tamir’s mother Samaria Rice confront Cleveland’s police union and keep her son’s killer Timothy Loehmann from rejoining law enforcement. Tamir Rice died in 2014, but his death still haunts me. A mother...
April 8, 2019
Cold-hearted. That’s one of the only polite words I can come up with to describe how the gun lobby and their allies in Congress have stonewalled every effort to reduce our country’s gun violence epidemic. But now there’s new legislation that would prevent school shootings and suicides — and people of all political parties, even Republicans who have long opposed gun safety measures, are getting behind it! Extreme Risk Protection Order (or ERPO or GVRO*) laws give family members, law enforcement, and sometimes other individuals like health professionals or school administrators, a pathway for...
March 28, 2019
Just hours after more than 100 people in Christchurch were injured or killed in a brutal anti-Muslim hate crime, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand's gun laws would be changed. Six days later, New Zealand banned military-style semi-automatic assault weapons and high capacity magazines. The move had widespread support across the country, including from opposition leaders. That is what leadership looks like, and we need it here at home. Tell your members of Congress it's time for them to show leadership. Tell them to take action on gun safety, including passing universal...
February 21, 2019
Democracy is at stake! No time to lose! We are less than two months into 2019, and already so much has happened (can you say “fake national emergency”?) - we need to talk about it! We appreciate your support and hard work so much, and we need to support you, too, by working with you closely and keeping you in the loop about all that MomsRising’s up to! Will you join us for our February #KeepMarching meeting on Thursday, February 28th, at 8PM ET/5PM PT to learn about our fight for democracy? This month, Felicia Burnett will be joining us. Felicia is MomsRising’s superstar senior campaign...
February 14, 2019
Today is Valentine's Day. We're holding our loved ones close and remembering the Parkland families. One year ago today, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and shot to death 17 of their students and educators, injuring 17 more . And over these last 12 months, guns have continued to devastate families and communities across the country. Today, as we give valentines to our loved ones, let's also give a valentine to the Parkland families — and to all families who have lost loved ones to gun violence — by joining our voices in a powerful call for action. Call...
May 1, 2018
Let me tell you a little something about Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. She has a husband, two kids and an enormous dog that follows her around the house with its food bowl. She hosts a weekly public policy radio program called Breaking Through. She is also executive director of MomsRising. In other words, Kristin is extremely busy. Yet, after the 2016 election, Kristin knew she needed to make the time to write a book: A book to help women navigate the tough times she saw ahead. A book to amplify women’s voices to make sure we would continue to be heard. A book to keep women focused on the kind of...
April 5, 2018
** You can listen to a recording of this telephone townhall from April 5, 2018, right here .** *** With the student leaders’ call to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE still ringing in our ears, MomsRising is gearing up to fight to make sure as many people as possible heed that call. Through our #MomsVote program, we're getting ready to get out the vote — including making sure as many people as possible are registered and at the polls on Election Day! Our fight begins with a launch meeting . We're thrilled to launch #MomsVote 2018 with a telephone town hall meeting at 8:30 p.m. ET ( 5:30 p.m. PT ) on Thursday...
March 15, 2018
In support of student organizing for gun safety across over the nation yesterday, MomsRising members responded with a tidal wave of comments of support. Below are a few of the many messages of support we received from thousands of members who are lifting their voices to say #ENOUGH! #NeverAgain. Read Part 1 here , then add your name and comment here . FBWithStudents_RocquelleAL.png FBWithStudents_RonnieLA_0.png FBWithStudents_StaceyOR_0.png FBWithStudents_SuzanneMI_0.png
October 2, 2017
We woke up this morning to devastating news. Once again, our hearts are broke as we heard reports of people hurt and killed by gun violence, this time in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Last night, from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel, a gunman rained a hail of bullets on a crowd of thousands of people attending an open-air country music festival. As of noon EDT Monday , there were 58 confirmed dead, and more than 500 injured, with the toll expected to grow. This is the largest mass shooting in recent history and is nothing short of an act of domestic terrorism. Early reports are that the...
September 15, 2017
Last Sunday in Plano, Texas, a man fatally shot eight people at his estranged wife’s Dallas Cowboys watch party, including his wife. He was stopped after a police officer arriving on the scene heard gunfire, was confronted by the gunman, and shot him . Two days later , the NRA got one step closer to realizing its wish to disguise the sound of gunfire. On Tuesday , the Republicans in Congress moved forward the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, which would specifically deregulate silencers among a host of other alarming provisions for weakening federal gun laws ...
August 29, 2017
Rain continues to fall on Houston and surrounding areas. As we watch Hurricane Harvey victims struggling through floodwater to reach safety, fighting for their very survival, we are heartbroken and searching for ways to help. Well, here’s one critical way: Make sure the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is adequately funded so help gets to Texas quickly. FEMA must be given the emergency resources it will take to meet the unprecedented needs of Hurricane Harvey victims. *Click here to tell Congress to pass emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey victims as soon as possible, with...
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July 10, 2017
The NRA is using dangerous language to rally their members against progressives and people of color. In a vicious and incendiary recruitment ad , filled with images from recent demonstrations, NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch tells viewers, “They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler." She ends the video by saying, “The only way we stop this, the only way we save or country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m...
July 5, 2017
MomsRising has launched a project called #KeepMarching, which helps our members on the ground organize their friends, family, neighbors and anyone else in their community into "circles" to take action together and have an impact on their communities as well as for the nation. Some #KeepMarching members already have longstanding groups of people that they are shaping into their #KeepMarching Circles, while others are starting from scratch. Karen is a #KeepMarching member in St. Louis, MO. When I asked her about her group, her answer was so powerful, inspiring and beautiful, I had to share. So...
June 22, 2017
We are so excited to hop on the phone with you tonight, 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST , for MomsRising’s #KeepMarching telephone town hall meeting on Presidential accountability, when we'll cover the nuts and bolts of impeachment , how special counsels and independent commissions work, and the current political environment. MomsRising Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner hosts special guests Dr. Matt Dallek from George Washington University and David Sievers of MoveOn.org for this exciting and timely discussion, followed by Q & A. With President Trump announcing today that he has no tapes of...
June 2, 2017
TODAY is National Gun Violence Awareness Day , and MomsRising joins the gun safety community in #WearingOrange to remember the countless lives lost and communities devastated by gun violence. Why orange? Because it’s the color of safety. #WearOrange 2017 comes at a particularly fraught moment in our nation’s history, a time when gun violence is killing more than 90 people a day and injuring hundreds more, and a time of rising hate crimes combined with easy access to firearms in a society already saturated with enough guns to privately arm every man, woman, and child. That’s why, this year on...
March 22, 2017
Downloads and recordings of #KeepMarching Telephone Town Hall Meetings. Check back for new resources monthly! MomsRising Conversation on Presidential Accountability, Including the Nuts and Bolts of Impeachment, How Special Counsels and Independent Commissions Work, and More. June 22, 2017 WAV audio file MomsRising Primer on Paid Family and Medical Leave, with Tips and Tactics for Passing State Laws. Apr 26, 2017 PDF document WAV audio file MomsRising Primer on Government and Civics. March 21, 2017 PDF document WAV audio file MomsRising Advocacy and Organizing Tips and Tactics. Feb. 21, 2017...
March 6, 2017
Last week, an armed White man, whose racism had been legitimized and emboldened by Donald Trump’s rhetoric since the beginning of his Presidential campaign, entered a bar in Olathe, Kansas , and shot two Garmin engineers from India, shouting “Go back to your country.” Adam Purinton killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounded Alok Madasani, as well as a third man, Ian Grillot, who had tried to intervene. Even under the Obama administration, when the President of the United States actively worked to heal racial divisions and preached peace and unity, we experienced hate-inspired gun violence, such...