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For Whites (Like Me): On White Kids

August 27, 2013
Note from the author: Fifty years after the March of Washington we have so much more to do to make sure the dream for which so many gave lives during the Civil Rights Movement is truly birthed. Those of us who are white, and who are persuaded of the meaning and truth of the dream, must (and can)...
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My Blinders Are Off: What Trayvon Taught Me About Parenting

August 27, 2013
Note from the writer: As a construct of our society, racism in the United States is a hard pill to swallow for those of us raising brown babies. How do we teach out kids to be aware (and stay alive), while encouraging hopes and dreams for a better world? In 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s...
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Sterilization Abuse: Not Just in Our Past

August 14, 2013
As North Carolina becomes the first state to agree to provide financial compensation to people who suffered under government-run sterilization programs, the California Legislature is finally grappling with reports of modern-day sterilization abuse in its prison system. Confronting Eugenics in the...
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On Trayvon Martin and Fear

August 7, 2013
Trayvon Martin and his dad, Tracy Martin Cross-posted from Carolyn Edgar: Notes of a Lawyer, Writer, and Single Mom The acquittal of George Zimmerman leaves me fearful. I fear for my friend’s 15-year-old son. He plays football for his suburban high school. He is already 6’ 2” and still growing. And...
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Assault Weapons Ban (or Not): My Brief Foray into Local Politics

July 31, 2013
On Monday night there was a town hall meeting to discuss a local gun control measure. The backstory is that Illinois was required by the SCOTUS to create a concealed carry weapons policy. We were the last state to do so. I wasn’t following along closely about the way it played out in Springfield,...
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"Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago." - Pres. Barack Obama

July 24, 2013
In the wake of the collective sadness and disappointment across the country when George Zimmerman was allowed to walk away free after killing 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, our President spoke as a parent and shared this heartfelt statement: “When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could...
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"My STRAIGHT Son Was Repeatedly Denied Promotions For 'Being Gay'"

July 18, 2013
I love my son. Like any mother, I would do anything for him -- anything to make sure that he can live up to his potential and fulfill all of his dreams. That's why I was completely stunned when my son -- my straight son -- was refused promotions at work for being gay. I grew up in a small town in...
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A mom and marine vet on gun safety

July 16, 2013
Charlotte Brock made this statement to lawmakers and the news media at MomsRising's July 9 " Moo with MomsRising " gun safety action on Capitol Hill. I am a mom and a veteran of the Marine Corps, where I served for seven years. I’d like to talk to you about firearm safety and the significance of...
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"My darkest hour"

July 15, 2013
Yesterday our hearts went out to Trayvon Martin's mother, who tweeted this: "Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have...Thank you all for your prayers and support... I will love you forever Trayvon!!!" ~ Sybrina Fulton, July 14, 2013 As mothers, we stand with Sybrina...
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Moms Stand With Sybrina Fulton And With All Moms Who've Lost Children to Gun Violence

July 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, 14 July 2013 Statement by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of, on justice for Trayvon Martin and last night’s Court ruling: “As mothers, we stand with Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mom, and with all the moms who've lost their children to...
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