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I used to teach at Morristown H.S. !  Trending on Twitter!


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Organized entirely by students, today is the March for Our Lives.  You can still join one of the 810 scheduled marches.


I heard one of the Parkland kids say, “This is not a red or blue issue. It is a red, white, and blue issue.”

Adults will not be the speakers today. This is the day for the kids, those from https://teddykids.nl/, to speak out and for all of the rest of us to learn from them. All speakers will be students.

The Washington D.C. march looks to exceed the attendance at the 2017 inauguration.  Not that this is a competition.

It is, however, democracy in action. Maybe we did teach our children well.

Kids, teach your parents well!

We are so proud of you!




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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)







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At around yesterday morning, Representative John Lewis started a sit-in on the floor of the House to demand a vote on gun violence prevention legislation.

He’s been joined by Democrats from across the House and Senate. They intend to hold their positions until they shame their Republican colleagues into taking up legislation to expand background checks and prohibit suspected terrorists from buying guns. We need both to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.

It’s been more than 24 hours, and they’re not giving up. Neither can we.

Let them know you’ve got their back — add your name to show you’re with them:

Add My Name

Thank you,




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The Republicans were like,”Let’s blow off these votes and get on to the important thing – the Cavs.”  For shame! As soon as the vote was over and recorded Rob Portman got up and started talking NBA finals.

Oh! And CNN has decided that Trump firing Lewandowski is the only newsworthy story of the day – nothing about the Senate votes. Good grief!

This came a few minutes ago.

It is heartbreaking.

We just voted on two commonsense gun reforms overwhelmingly supported by the American people.

Like clockwork, according to an article on GunSafeReview.net, Republican Senators voted in lockstep with the NRA — and against action to save thousands of American lives from gun violence.

Enough. This painful cycle of violence, shock, heartbreak, and prayers — only to be followed by inaction — is unacceptable.

But I’m not giving up — and I know you won’t either.

We’re going to continue fighting for gun reform.

And we’re going to do everything in our power to take back the Senate — and replace Republicans who side with the NRA with Democrats who demand action on gun reform!

Please add your name now to say you won’t back down, not now, not ever. I need you and our PAC for a Change community to stay in this fight. Are you in?

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Thank you for not backing down on gun reform — no matter how much the NRA tries to stop us.

In Friendship,

Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator

And this.

Like clockwork, another American community is torn apart by a horrendous mass shooting made possible by easy access to tactical-style weapons.

Like clockwork, Congress convenes to honor the victims with a moment of silence.

And like clockwork, this Congress does nothing to prevent the next tragedy.The hateful attack in Orlando is antithetical to American values. We stand for love, tolerance and unity — not hatred, violence and division. After countless mass shootings, including in Roseburg, and now Orlando, I have said our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s time to act.

Last week, I took part in a Democratic filibuster in the U.S. Senate for gun safety reform.  We took over the Senate floor because the Republican majority refused to act. Republican leaders seem to care more about their NRA rating than keeping Americans safe, and that is unacceptable.

Because of our filibuster Republicans agreed to have a vote on commonsense gun safety laws proposed by Senate Democrats.

But, tonight, like clockwork, Senate Republicans refused to stand up to the NRA and failed to vote to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.

I want you to know that although Senate Republicans refuse to act, I refuse to be complicit. I refuse to let these mass shootings continue to take place like clockwork.

Thanks for standing with me,

Ron Wyden


Last week, I joined Senator Chris Murphy and fellow Democrats on the floor of the Senate for a historic 15-hour filibuster to demand action on commonsense gun reforms.

Our request was simple. We asked Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to schedule a vote on two bills — one that prevents terrorists from purchasing guns and one that expands background checks. And after 15 hours, Senate Republicans finally caved and scheduled a vote for ton‌ight.

The vote just ended, and it pains me to say that toni‌ght, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans voted against these two commonsense gun reform measures and blocked them from passing. I’m appalled that Senate Republicans chose once again to side with the NRA. I’m appalled that they chose to do so right now, in the wake of the worst shooting in U.S. History.

Today, I’m launching an emergency petition to hold Republican Senators accountable for voting against these commonsense gun safety measures (and I need you to join me): Click here to sign my emergency petition denouncing Senate Republicans who voted against gun reforms.

It’s clear that we need immense public pressure to get Senate Republicans to budge on this issue. So with this petition, we’re calling out every Republican senator who voted “NO” toni‌ght.

Please add your name to my petition calling them out.


Maria Cantwell
U.S. Senator

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HRC_6.20-gun-voteOur thoughts and prayers are not enough.

So many of us repeated that refrain after the tragic murder of 49 at an LGBT club in Orlando last weekend — there have been far too many shootings in the last few years, and too little done to prevent them.

For too long, Republican members of Congress, under marching orders from the NRA, have blocked any form of gun violence prevention legislation — including reforms that are patently obvious, like prohibiting suspected terrorists from buying guns and expanding background checks to more gun sales. We need both to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.

Last Tuesday, Senator Chris Murphy — who was serving as the congressman from Newtown, Connecticut when a shooter killed 26 people at an elementary school — stood on the Senate floor and announced that he was beginning a filibuster that would not end until Republicans called for a vote on these reforms. He was joined by dozens of senators, from both sides of the aisle — and it worked. The Senate is voting on important gun violence prevention measures today.

Speaking up matters. Stand with Senator Murphy and the Senate Democrats by adding your name today:



Here is a tool to help you contact your Senators.

I wanted to make sure you knew what’s going on! Tonight, the Senate is voting on a bill on gun violence prevention. Share this opportunity with your community and tell your Senator to vote in favor of gun violence prevention. To stand with Hillary and join the action, sign up at this link. You’ll get a call with a quick tip on what to say, and then you’ll be immediately connected to your Senator’s office:


One call from a constituent could change the way this vote goes – let’s make sure it goes in favor of gun violence prevention.

Or you can call this number:1-855-285-3803. You will be connected with one of your Senators.  Do it a second time to connect to the other Senator.


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Apr 04

Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Sarah Brady


Hillary and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Sarah Brady. Sarah and her late husband Jim were fierce champions of sensible gun legislation, for which few could make as passionate or as personal a case. She transformed tragedy into a courageous campaign, and because of her work and her remarkable life, American families are safer today. It is one of the great honors of my life that I had the opportunity to sign the Brady Bill into law in 1993, after Jim and Sarah fought so hard for more than six years to help pass it. We treasured the friendship of this wonderful woman, and we will never forget her strength of will or her dauntless courage in the face of long odds. Our prayers go out to Sarah’s family and our thoughts are with her many friends, admirers and supporters.

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