General Commentary

General Commentary

Self-Defense Gun Use is Rare, New Violence Policy Center Study Confirms

Self-Defense Gun Use is Rare, New Violence Policy Center Study Confirms

Washington, DC — New research from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) confirms that, contrary to what the firearms industry and gun lobby claim, private citizens rarely use guns to kill criminals or stop crimes. The new study, Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use, utilizes recent federal data which shows that private citizens use guns to harm themselves or

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PROVOCATIVE BACK TO SCHOOL COLLECTION MAKES DEBUT AT NY FASHION WEEK

PROVOCATIVE BACK TO SCHOOL COLLECTION MAKES DEBUT AT NY FASHION WEEK

Activist group Change The Ref uses fashion to make powerful statement on student safety and to demand change in the wake of increased school shootings. NEW YORK, NY - On Sunday, September 9, Change The Ref will take their Back To School Fashion Show on the road, debuting their provocative collection featuring children in bulletproof vests, at New York Fashion

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Tea Time with Sean Casten

Tea Time with Sean Casten

In District 6 of Illinois, there is much buzz about a man that can change the face of the district. This man is named Sean Casten.  Sean earned a B.A in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College. He went on to work for two years as a scientist at the Tufts School of Medicine in a lab investigating dietary

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Why Is It Violent To Call People ‘White’? #NVC

Why Is It Violent To Call People ‘White’? #NVC

In the last few weeks, the president of the United States, has referred to Americans of African-Ancestry as unintelligent, unwitting, animals, who originate from a blood-thirty, crap-hole continent of farmer-killers & land-stealers (project much?)! The 'no-bias here' talking point is that 'black' unemployment is at an all time low, so how could any presidential comments be deemed as offensive or

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Tea Time with David Masciotra

Tea Time with David Masciotra

I was looking for something to read and I ran across “Barack Obama: Invisible Man “. I was so captivated by it, I did something I very seldom do, I researched the author. That is how I found David Masciotra. David is an author, lecturer, and an outspoken critic of the problems we face culturally as a nation. He has

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Newtown Action Alliance Opposes Use of Federal Funds to Arm Teachers

Newtown Action Alliance Opposes Use of Federal Funds to Arm Teachers

Implores Donald Trump and Congress to Pass Sensible Gun Laws Instead Newtown, CT- Po Murray, Chairwoman of Newtown Action Alliance, released the following statement after the New York Times reported that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering diverting Title IV grant dollars allocated for our community schools, 21st century and afterschool programs to arm teachers with guns: The majority of

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Trump’s racism

Trump’s racism

Last week, the President of the United States yet again lashed out in a tweet. This time he attacked NBA star Lebron James and CNN News anchor Don Lemon: “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon.  He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.  I like Mike!” Until recently, I was an

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What’s Allowed

What’s Allowed

In today’s climate, a great deal of attention has been given to the way that we as a culture treat women. If you review the rights of women from the start of this country until now, on paper there has been tremendous growth.   By paper, I mean per the law. My question however, goes deeper than law: are women really

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Politics and Brotherhood

Politics and Brotherhood

Can a candidate for public office be viable today having also been a member of an organization that excludes and targets for violence people of a particular category? Most Americans now take it for granted that if you’re revealed to have worked with the KKK, you can no longer be under consideration for Congress or state legislature. So what do

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National Rolling Hunger Strike for Family Reunification Kicks Off in Oakland, CA

National Rolling Hunger Strike for Family Reunification Kicks Off in Oakland, CA

After Trump Administration Fails to Meet Deadline, Moms and Allies Begin Wave of Fasts Demanding Justice for Migrant Families Oakland — After the government failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite immigrant families Thursday, Bay Area parents and grandparents began a three-day hunger strike—the first in a series of fasts across the country calling for separated parents and children

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Brady Campaign Announces Endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Re-Election

Brady Campaign Announces Endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Re-Election

Gun safety organization hails Cuomo’s proven leadership, including passage of SAFE Act Avery Gardiner: “When it comes to the issue of gun safety, you are literally talking about life and death, and at a time when Washington is cowtowing to the NRA, this nation needs proven and experienced leaders like Andrew Cuomo.” Washington, D.C., July 21, 2018 – Today, the

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White Fragility

White Fragility

It was May of 2018, and there was, yet again, another mass shooting in America. This time, a High School in Santa Fe, Texas had been the target. Like many Americans, I was outraged. I posted Facebook, talking about the blood that was now on the hands of the NRA. One of my insightful activist friends, Darnell, added a comment

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Transactional Humanity

Transactional Humanity

Before we begin, I’d like to ask a small favor. Reach into your pocket, a desk drawer, or that cup we all keep in our cars, and grab a quarter. Look at it. Both sides. Pay special attention to the phrases “In God we trust” and “E pluribus unum” that you’ll find on each and every one. Then ask: “What

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SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BOISE

SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BOISE

From Better Idaho Sunday night, refugee families at a low-income apartment complex in Boise were attacked by a knife-wielding man who ultimately stabbed nine people, including six children. At least four of the victims have sustained life-threatening injuries. Our heart is broken for everyone involved in this senseless attack, but we know that our community will rise up to support those involved. Better Idaho's

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The Toolmakers Call For Civility

The Toolmakers Call For Civility

He says Max is mad, and Hillary is screeching, But when he screeches madly, it's seen as divinity preaching, To the choir of forgottens, who gleefully shout out, 'illegal', To describe those 'yearning to breathe free', instead of seeing them as people. But he is one of the toolmakers, lest we not forget, His double gender-ethnic privilege, is like a

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Breaking: Kennedy Retiring from SCOTUS

Breaking: Kennedy Retiring from SCOTUS

My “no” to a SCOTUS nominee until after the election is an act of radical love: This no is a “yes” for my mother and my mother-in-law and my sisters and my daughters, so they can access the health care they need. This no is a yes for immigrants and their children. This no is a yes for Daniel Pearl

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Let The Games Begin…

Let The Games Begin…

Oh, Vladamir! Where Art Thou Vladamir? We know you are out there hiding in the shadows of our democracy.. You have been softly whispering into the ears of those who knew what games you play.. Those that decided they were beyond the rules of the games.. Those that decided they could change the games in their favor.. Those that decided

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10 Years Later, Heller Continues to Resonate

10 Years Later, Heller Continues to Resonate

New Brady Center report explores decade following Supreme Court decision Washington, D.C., June 26, 2018 - On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, finding for the first time that the Second Amendment gives law-abiding, responsible citizens the right to have a gun in the home for self-protection. While leaders in

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Trauma at the Border

Trauma at the Border

The Trump administration’s cruel immigration policy has created a humanitarian crisis at our border. Trauma at the Border, a new short video by Brave New Films, exposes the emotional, psychological and physical damage that can be done when children are imprisoned – even with their families. Childhood trauma, like imprisonment and family separation, provokes long-lasting implications caused by high levels

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This November, there’s a new voting bloc: the class of 2018.

This November, there’s a new voting bloc: the class of 2018.

Let me start with an introduction. My name is Henry Marshall, I’m 19 years old, and I just graduated from high school. In many ways, my graduating class, the class of 2018, is like any other. But in a few important aspects, our young lives have been completely different. Our high school years were punctuated by violence, tragedy, and the irresponsibility

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Self-Defense Gun Use is Rare, New Violence Policy Center Study Confirms

Self-Defense Gun Use is Rare, New Violence Policy Center Study Confirms

PROVOCATIVE BACK TO SCHOOL COLLECTION MAKES DEBUT AT NY FASHION WEEK

PROVOCATIVE BACK TO SCHOOL COLLECTION MAKES DEBUT AT NY FASHION WEEK

Tea Time with Sean Casten

Tea Time with Sean Casten

Why Is It Violent To Call People ‘White’? #NVC

Why Is It Violent To Call People ‘White’? #NVC

Tea Time with David Masciotra

Tea Time with David Masciotra

Newtown Action Alliance Opposes Use of Federal Funds to Arm Teachers

Newtown Action Alliance Opposes Use of Federal Funds to Arm Teachers

Trump’s racism

Trump’s racism

What’s Allowed

What’s Allowed

Politics and Brotherhood

Politics and Brotherhood

National Rolling Hunger Strike for Family Reunification Kicks Off in Oakland, CA

National Rolling Hunger Strike for Family Reunification Kicks Off in Oakland, CA

Brady Campaign Announces Endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Re-Election

Brady Campaign Announces Endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Re-Election

White Fragility

White Fragility

Transactional Humanity

Transactional Humanity

SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BOISE

SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BOISE

The Toolmakers Call For Civility

The Toolmakers Call For Civility

Breaking: Kennedy Retiring from SCOTUS

Breaking: Kennedy Retiring from SCOTUS

Let The Games Begin…

Let The Games Begin…

10 Years Later, Heller Continues to Resonate

10 Years Later, Heller Continues to Resonate

Trauma at the Border

Trauma at the Border

This November, there’s a new voting bloc: the class of 2018.

This November, there’s a new voting bloc: the class of 2018.