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Yesterday 93 People Were Shot And Killed In America

Yesterday 93 People Were Shot And Killed In America. We CAN Do Something About it!

Yesterday, on average, 93 people were shot and killed in America. We only heard about the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia that injured 4, including Representative Steve Scalise who remains in critical condition.

I cried yesterday when I woke to the news of the Alexandria shooting but not because of the shooting itself. I cried because I realized I had no compassion, no sympathy, no empathy for the Senators and Representatives who were shot, who had to run in fear. I didn’t and still don’t care because these are all people who have the power to keep shootings like this from happening. But they don’t.

I don’t wish fear, terror, and danger on […]

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June 15th, 2017

Healthcare and Gun Violence: When Issues Collide

CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY! Tell Them to Vote NO on the American Health Care Act and to Work Together to Fix the Affordable Care Act!

Almost two weeks ago, Women Against Gun Violence held its 23rd Annual Leadership Awards Brunch. One of our guests was Kathy Shorr, photographer and author of SHOT, a book that features photographs of 101 survivors of gun violence. (Included in her book are Josh Stepakoff, a WAGV Board Member and survivor; and Marlys Nunneri, an important member of WAGV’s Speakers Bureau who was shot in the chest by her husband.) The photos are intimate and compelling. (more…)

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May 25th, 2017

The Nation’s Eyes Turn To… Laundry Detergent Pods

Ask Your Representatives What They Are Doing To Protect Our Children From Gun Violence! (Thoughts and Prayers Don’t Count!)

Yesterday I bought Tide Laundry Pods — not a product endorsement although I do like that they are pre-measured, tidy to use, and for the most part are convenient. They do, however, come in a container that can be almost impossible to open! I recently went through my typical “opening” methods. (more…)

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April 18th, 2017

The Right Tool Can Make Activism Easy And Effective!

Use These Tools To Make Activism Both Easy and Effective!

I always say that as long as I have a dime, a glue gun, and a shoe, I can pretty much fix anything. I have no need for a hammer or a flat head or phillips screwdriver. There isn’t a parent I know that hasn’t used the bottom of a t-shirt instead of Kleenex, scotch tape instead of needle and thread, spit instead of water, and a kiss instead of a bandage. We all have a little bit of MacGyver in us when it comes to navigating the obstacles that impact our daily lives. (more…)

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March 31st, 2017

When “Thank You For Your Service” Is Not Enough

Call Your Senators! Tell Them To Protect The Lives Of Our Veterans!

In 1975, while attending graduate school at USC, I met the Vietnam veteran who would become my husband. He had been a medic in the war and was attending school on the GI bill. Our relationship, which lasted over 25 years, finally ended when his mental illness could no longer be accommodated or ignored. (more…)

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March 20th, 2017
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    How Much Is Your Life Worth? Your Child’s? Your Neighbor’s?

How Much Is Your Life Worth? Your Child’s? Your Neighbor’s?

Call Your Senators Today And Tell Them National Reciprocity Endangers Us All!

Fresh out of college I worked in the advertising department of an insurance company. We designed brochures and other marketing materials used by sales staff when meeting with potential and current customers. I still remember vividly working on a brochure about disability compensation. We all laughed hard and nervously, with tears streaming down our faces, as we tried to write compelling and sensitive prose that discussed how much each body part was worth. (more…)

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February 27th, 2017

When Did Hunters Become The New Protected Class?

When Congress Cares More About Hunters Than Our Children, WE MUST ACT!

My view of hunting was shaped by Disney’s animated film Bambi. I suspect that I’m not the only one who both as a child and as an adult cried over the death of Bambi’s mother by a hunter’s bullet. So, hunting? Not for me.

I don’t know many hunters but I’m told that most hunt responsibly. They hunt for food and eat what they kill. They don’t use military style weapons that tear apart the animal. They don’t hunt by helicopters and small aircraft (like a former Governor of Alaska.) (more…)

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February 21st, 2017

Not Today Satan. Not On Mama’s Watch.

Occasionally I use Facebook to find out what my sons are doing. We’re not Facebook friends because, as we all know, there has to be some separation from our kids. But sometimes, now that I’m an empty nester and when I’m missing them, I’ll go in to see what they’re up to — what they allow everyone to see – not just their “friends.”

A post I discovered recently on my son’s public page both filled my heart with love and frightened me by the burden of responsibility. (more…)

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February 13th, 2017

On Tuesday Night I Was Shushed — And So Were You

On Tuesday night Senator Elizabeth Warren was shushed by Senator Mitch McConnell. She was told to be silent and told to sit down. Many of us were stunned and remain stunned today.

For gun violence prevention activists, being shushed is something that we have seen before … again and again. (more…)

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February 9th, 2017
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    When Terrorism Is Already Here And It Looks Like Someone You Know

When Terrorism Is Already Here And It Looks Like Someone You Know

It’s been a difficult week for many of us and for our country. I have asked myself many times if it is really appropriate to ask my fellow gun violence prevention activists and our legislators to take action on gun violence prevention when there are so many critical issues facing America and hanging in the balance — liberty, democracy, and even our humanity. (more…)

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February 2nd, 2017