Everytown for Gun Safety

Like many Americans, I felt immeasurable grief after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last month. Gun violence touches every corner of this country, and making our communities safer should be our number one priority. And on March 24th, at more than 800 March for Our Lives events, young people will lead us in standing up for exactly that.

March for Our Lives is bringing hundreds of thousands of Americans together to demand that our elected officials prioritize the lives of our students and our communities. They’re marching because young people should be worrying about homework, not whether they’re safe at school. I’m inspired by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who will be marching for all of our lives on March 24th — and I’m inspired by everyone who has stepped up to join them.

So I’m asking: Will you join a March for Our Lives event near you?

I have always believed in our power to make change if we come together and demand it. I hope you’ve been as inspired by these students as I have — now, more than ever, is the time to speak out.

Thank you,


Mar 16
New York, NY

We loved and admired Louise Slaughter. She was a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill—skilled and smart, funny and fierce. For more than 30 years, she worked to bring the people of Western New York new economic opportunities. She was also one of the most effective advocates for health care reform, a respected voice for science, and one of our most important champions for women’s rights, including her co-authorship of the Violence Against Women Act. Her leadership and her wonderful laugh will be missed, but her legacy will live on in the young people she inspired to do public service and the countless Americans whose lives are better and healthier because of her remarkable career. We are grateful to have been her friends.

Election season is exciting, and it’s also a time to take stock of where we are as a nation. Are we paying attention? Are we coming out to participate in primaries and local elections? And are we making sure that our most fundamental right is accessible to every eligible voter?

This week, I’ve been traveling abroad, talking to people about how our countries have grown and changed over the last few years. I was so proud to be able to share with folks here that Conor Lamb won his race on Tuesday, thanks to the hard work of organizers and volunteers in the 18th district of Pennsylvania who made their voices heard.

But in Pennsylvania and across the country, access to the ballot box is obstructed by one unnecessary measure or another. Working to ensure that the right to vote is protected is one of the most critical issues of our time — and that’s why I’m so grateful to the team at iVote, another one of our Onward Together partners, for the work that they do.

Take a moment to learn more about iVote below, then recommit to vote in your next local election. It couldn’t be more important.



Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you’re an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.
The organization: iVote

The organizers: Campaign veterans Ellen Kurz and Jeremy Bird

The mission: To secure voting rights for all Americans by investing in campaigns to bring universal, automatic voter registration to multiple states and by electing voting rights champions to be the chief election administrator in the office of the Secretary of State in battleground states.

The story: Founded in 2014, iVote went on the offensive by working to elect pro-voting Secretaries of State in key battleground states. Whereas voting rights groups have relied on challenges in court after rights had been impinged, or defeating efforts to further erode rights, iVote takes a different tack – ‘flipping the script’ from playing defense on voter suppression efforts to going on offense.

The latest: In 2016, iVote ran a petition campaign in Nevada to put automatic voter registration on the ballot. After being successfully certified, iVote is now focused on working with partners to win the ballot initiative in November ’18. iVote is also working to advance several pieces of legislation that would put automatic voter registration on the ballot in more states. Earlier this year, iVote announced that they plan to spend $5 million in efforts to elect Democratic, pro-voting rights secretaries of state in seven target states of Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, New Mexico, and Iowa.

The next step: Head to ivoteforamerica.org to learn more and get involved ahead of the next primaries, then check out their new video on why fighting back against voter suppression is so important.

The ninth annual Women in the World Summit will take place April 12-14, 2018 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. The event is presented and co-hosted by Toyota. Watch videos from the entire 2017 Summit above.

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The 2018 Summit is generously supported by presenting sponsor Toyota; leadership sponsors AT&T, The Boston Consulting Group, Mastercard, P&G and UBS; supporting sponsor Thomson Reuters; and media sponsor The New York Times.

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This is from me to the students, personally.

No one has the right to curtail your right to protest, not your teachers, school administrators, or even your parents.

As a new high school English teacher in the late 1960s I sat in the cafeteria while the students at Morristown HS (NJ) walked out to protest the war in Viet Nam. We had been told we would be fired if we walked out with them. Most of us agreed with the students. If I had walked out and been fired, I probably would have been beaten to a pulp by my then-husband who collected my paycheck every pay day.

I learned three things in those years.

1.  American students, even the very young, are very aware of current events.

2. High school students, on the cusp of adulthood, are in dangerous territory. They can die for their country soon enough  – or die in school as it happens these days. We should listen to what students say. They bear the burden.

3. It’s not a good idea to let another person hold sway over you. I left that husband. After that, no one told me what I could say, to whom, or under which circumstances.

Having learned that, I was able to support Hillary Clinton, raise money, campaign, and vote for her.

Republicans and NRA supporters may call you names. They say you are whining while never having been sequestered in school when automatic fire is all around.

At Sandy Hook, babies were killed. Promising little first-graders just beginning their educational adventures. Those little ones were too young to mount a protest.

But this time, you did it! You are articulate, informed and unafraid! You are courageous and intrepid.

So from me, the girl who stood in the freezing mud on campus in 1965 to protest the “credibility gap” and marched in Washington against the war, I say – “Here’s the torch!”  Proud to pass it on to a generation so well-prepared for the fight!

Note to Betsy DeVos: “Tests” are not what you think they are. This is a test. The schools don’t fail, and the kids don’t fail either. The kids pass with flying colors.  Most of the schools do, too. You fail.

Slide 1 of 56: BOSTON, MA - MARCH 14: Nicole Rivera, 14, a Freshman at Arlington High School, center, rallies with other students in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston to demand action on gun violence as part of a nationwide school walkout on March 14, 2018. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)







Many thanks to Cornelia Nauta for sharing this!


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Published: March 13, 2018 4:07 pm

Hillary Clinton in India: Former First Lady of US gets a glimse of 'Hindustan Ka Dil' during three-day visit Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton arrives at a historical monument, at Mandu in Indore on Monday. (PTI photo)Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is currently in India spending some leisure time in Madhya Pradesh — promoted by the state government as ‘Hindustan ka dil’. Clinton, who was in Mumbai for a conclave on Saturday, arrived in Indore a day later for a three-day private visit along with her family and friends. Thereafter, she left for Maheshwar, a town on the banks of the Narmada river in Khargone district, where she visited the Ahilya Fort.

The former US Secretary of State was in Maheshwar at the invitation of Richard Holkar, scion of the erstwhile Holkar kingdom. Maheshwar, some 91 km from here, was the capital of the erstwhile Holkar kingdom till January 6, 1818, after which Indore was designated as the capital under the reign of Malhar Rao Holkar III.

On Monday, she visited Mandu, home to historical monuments, in Dhar district of the state. Clinton spent two hours going around a number the historical sites.

Sporting a hat and sunglasses, she came out of Jahaz Mahal, built during the rule of Mandu Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din Khilji, and told reporters that she enjoyed visiting the historical sites.

“Well, today I’m just enjoying the magnificent archaeological site and learning a lot of the Indian history because of this beautiful palace ground. I am very excited about being here and everything that I have seen,” she said. The magnificent Jahaz Mahal was built in second-half of the 15th century to accommodate women belonging to the royal harem. It is located inside the walled Mandu fort.

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