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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.

  • We have seen the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shushed by having funding cut for gun violence research.
  • We have watched the parents whose children have been killed shushed by a Congress that has chosen to protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits instead of protecting the people they serve.
  • We have seen our cries for action after each devastating mass shooting shushed by those who think “it’s not the right time” to talk about preventing […]
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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

The Danger of Alternative Facts Goes Beyond The Lie Itself

There’s been a lot of talk this week about “alternative facts” or as I like to say, lies. Many people are shocked — and rightly dismayed — that some would deliberately lie to the public by pretending lies are just “alternative facts.” But we know there is no such thing as an “alternative fact” and that lies have serious consequences beyond the lie itself. (more…)

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January 26th, 2017

5 W’s and 1 Forgotten H

I love classic movies! In fact, if I seem to go missing to family and friends, it’s because I’m glued to Turner Classic Movies watching a Thin Man marathon or during the holiday season, watching The Bishop’s Wife with Loretta Young, Cary Grant, and David Niven or Christmas In Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and Sydney Greenstreet. No remakes for me. Only these classics will do! (more…)

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January 19th, 2017

Last Week I Bought A Fitbit

Last week I bought a FitBit. After many years of a sedentary lifestyle and a lot of overeating, this year seems like the right time to take control. After all, right now, so much seems out of my control. Surely I can take charge of myself.

I read that it takes approximately 21 to 66 days to form a habit. The more difficult the activity or action, the longer it will take. To me that’s oddly reassuring. It means that no matter how difficult the task, with dogged determination and practice I … and you … can turn it into a habit. (more…)

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January 12th, 2017

Sometimes Running With Scissors Is Okay

In the 1950’s and 60’s a series of public safety films for children was shown in schools. Their purpose was to show children the hidden dangers in daily life. One such film included a segment on running with scissors. Danger! Don’t do it! (more…)

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January 5th, 2017

My Personal Confession

Post our country’s national election and as the year winds down I have become increasingly reflective. Although I am the Executive Director of Women Against Gun Violence, I consider many of you my friends so I am seizing the opportunity to use this WAGV vehicle to share with you my personal concerns and experiences.

I’m afraid. (more…)

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December 29th, 2016
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    The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence Announces its Los Angeles Show as Artists and Activists Band Together at Over 150 Venues Nationwide on September 25, 2016

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence Announces its Los Angeles Show as Artists and Activists Band Together at Over 150 Venues Nationwide on September 25, 2016

Don Felder (Formerly of The Eagles), Sam Harris of X Ambassadors, Sebastian Kole, Ryan Cabrera, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles to perform at the Standard Hotel, Downtown LA on September 25

Los Angeles, CA – (Aug. 23, 2016) – From New York to California and Alaska to Texas, musicians across the country are banding together for The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday, September 25. Don Felder (Formerly of The Eagles), Sam Harris of X Ambassadors, Sebastian Kole, Ryan Cabrera, The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and Special Guest TBA will headline the concert at The Standard, Downtown LA. Ed Begley, Jr. will be one of the celebrities lending their support. Continue Reading

August 24th, 2016

Terrorists – 2; Americans – 0

Yesterday the Senate voted. Just days after 49 lives were lost to gun violence in Orlando, both common sense gun safety amendments – Senator Feinstein’s No Fly/No Buy amendment and Senator Murphy’s Background Check amendment — were defeated.

It’s on the record. Here is who voted AGAINST blocking the sale of guns to suspected terrorists – Feinstein Amendment:

Here’s who voted AGAINST Senator Murphy’s amendment that would close background check loopholes!

Thank you for making calls and sending emails encouraging the Senate to vote with a conscience! Now let them know what you think of their votes!

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June 21st, 2016

Take 1 Minute, Right Now, Before 2 PM PDT, to Save Lives!

On Monday, June 20, the U.S. Senate will consider and vote on two common-sense gun violence prevention measures as amendments to an appropriations bill. These are important, bi-partisan first steps to keep guns out of the hands of abusers and others who pose a threat to society. One amendment, introduced by Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and previously proposed by Senator Schumer of New York, requires background checks for all guns sales. Currently, approximately 34% of gun sales are completed without background checks. The other amendment, sponsored by Senator Feinstein of California, prohibits people from owning firearms who have been put on a “no fly” list because they have been identified as potential threats to the safety of our nation.

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June 20th, 2016