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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bette Midler & Others Lend Support – Everything You Need to Know About the March for Our Lives

The Cut Everything You Need to Know About the March for Our Lives By Madeleine Aggeler MARCH 19, 2018 Less than a week after a gunman killed 14 students and three staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, survivors of the shooting have mobilized to launch the #NeverAgain movement, and the March for Our Lives, a nationwide protest on March 24 to protest gun violence. “Not one more,” the March’s Mission Statement reads. “We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.” Here’s everything you need to know about the march and related events. When and where is it happening? The main march will take place in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. Supporters are also planning sister marches in New York City; Boston; Los Angeles; Chicago; Miami; San Francisco; Dallas; Boise; West Palm Beach; Liverpool, England; and hundreds of other cities across the world. Currently, there are a whopping 720 March for Our Lives events planned around the world. March For Our Lives ? @AMarch4OurLives Want to talk to some fellow marchers, make plans and get tips for the big day? Join our Facebook Group! We’re going to try and keep this all about logistics and meet-ups: http://smarturl.it/M4OLfbgroup Who’s organizing it? The event is being put together by survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, like senior Emma González, and junior Cameron Kasky, who have been working tirelessly to make sure the national outrage in the wake of last week’s shooting translates to real action. But they are not mobilizing alone. According to their website, “March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.” Who are they partnering with? March for Our Lives organizers have received significant funding from a number of celebrities like George and Amal Clooney, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Oprah Winfrey, all of whom pledged $500,000 for the rally. Numerous other celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West, Justin Bieber, Bette Midler, and Debra Messing have also expressed their support on Twitter, calling on their followers to sign the march’s petition, and find a demonstration near them. Kim Kardashian West ? @KimKardashian On March 24th, students and families across the country will #MarchForOurLives and demand that leaders take action to end gun violence in our schools & communities. Find an event near you: http://every.tw/2oCqKd8 @AMarch4OurLives @Everytown 5:33 PM – Mar 5, 2018 March for Our Lives On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives, and safety, become a priority. Find an event near you and join the march to end gun… Bette Midler ? @BetteMidler On March 24th, kids & families across the country will #MarchForOurLives and demand that leaders take action to end gun violence in our schools & communities. Find an event near you:http://every.tw/2D0NQhV pic.twitter.com/t9xgnTaTgm @AMarch4OurLives @Everytown” Debra Messing ? @DebraMessing ATTENTION STUDENTS!! Please make YOUR #WhatIf Video. Get all your friends too! Post them so lawmakers who support the NRA and gun manufacturers will see that your generation is not going to stop speaking out. #MarchForOurLives https://twitter.com/amarch4ourlives/status/969242603622453250 … Businesses have also offered their help. The ride-sharing company Lyft is offering Stoneman students free rides to the march, and dating app Bumble banned imaged of guns on its platform, and donated $100,000. And there are grassroots supporters too. According to the Washington Post, teens from high schools around Washington, D.C., are opening their homes and organizing “a network of host families that live along the D.C. metro system that can host out-of-town students for the march.” What do they hope to accomplish? In addition to showing their support for victims of gun violence, march organizers hope the rally will inspire concrete legislative outcomes. In their Mission Statement, march organizers write: School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. Participants are also coming together to register voters at various marches, to ensure that outrage today will translate to high turnout during November’s midterm elections. Is this related to the National School Walkout? Yes and no. The National School Walkout is being put together by Women’s March organizers, who are calling for students, teachers, administrators, and allies across the country to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 — one minute for every victim of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. Although the two events are being organized by two different groups, their goals are the same. Per the National School Walkout’s website: “Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship,” organizers wrote. Students have also called for a National School Walkout on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. No time has been set, but a Change.org petition has been signed over 80,000 times. What is Stay Amped? On March 23, the night before the march, artists like Bebe Rexha, Lizzo, Fall Out Boy, and G-Easy will perform for Stay Amped, a concert to benefit Everytown for Gun Safety, and Gabby Giffords’s Courage to Fight Gun Violence. Tickets are between $100 and $175 and, according to the event’s website, “For every Super Excellent Seat purchased, a ticket will be donated to a student activist attending the March for Our Lives rally from Parkland and elsewhere in the country.” You can buy tickets here. How can I get involved? If for whatever reason you can’t attend a rally on March 24, there are other ways to help. You can donate to the GoFundMe page Stoneman Douglas students put together for the event (any money they receive beyond their $2 million goal will go to victims’ funds) or sponsor a student to travel to the march by contacting info@marchforourlives.com. You can also sign the organizers’ petition, calling on Congress to pass legislation to address gun violence. Read it here. And if you can go to a rally, get out and march with students and families across the country to tell lawmakers #NeverAgain.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Message From Miss M And Her Good Friend, Roseanne Cash, Concerning Gun Violence

Mister D: I received this newsletter from Bette Midler’s people, and I think she circulated it on Twitter, too. It’s a call to action concerning the gun violence in our country. It was written by one of Ms. Midler’s best friends, singer-songwriter Roseanne Cash. Please give it a read and if you can help support one of the organizations listed at the bottom of the newsletter.
Dear friends, I grieve along with the entire country at the completely senseless death of 17 people, mostly kids, on Valentines’s Day in Florida. We have become so immune to school shootings, and mass shootings in general, that we express outrage, sadness, we post our opinions on social media, then… we move on. Until the next one. Repeat. Politicians offer ‘thoughts and prayers.’ NOTHING CHANGES. I’ve been an advocate against gun violence for over twenty years — serving on boards of organizations devoted to protecting children from gun violence, writing essays, doing benefits and charity events— but something snapped in me this time. I couldn’t sleep. Couldn’t stop crying. I felt overwhelmed with shame, that there are no adults protecting our children from being massacred at school, that we accept this. Well, I don’t accept it. I think about those kids: taking a test, practicing sports, maybe waiting for a college acceptance after they had worked so hard on their application, looking forward to a prom, falling in love. All with real futures, like the ones we dream of for our own kids. Gone. And all their families shattered forever. Forever. That’s it— you don’t get over having your child’s body torn apart by a military-style assault weapon. Don’t tell me anymore that it’s a ‘mental illness’ problem or that the shooter had ‘bad parenting’. It’s a GUN PROBLEM. We have the same rate of mental illness and bad parenting as every other wealthy, developed country and yet we are the only country where this regularly happens. No citizen should be able to own an AR-15, the weapon of choice for mass shooters. How is it possible that a disturbed 19 year old, who cannot even buy alcohol legally, can walk into a store and buy this weapon, designed only to inflict the maximum toll on human life, with total ease? What kind of country allows this? Only the United States. The Second Amendment does not guarantee your right to own your own military-style arsenal. We have a gun murder rate 25 times higher than peer nations. I am sick of hearing ‘if the teachers had been armed…’. Please. Shall we all be forced to become individual paramilitary forces? What about my right NOT to own a gun? Should a first-grade teacher keep an assault rifle in her desk, next to the crayons and gold stickers, and whip it out when a shooter bursts into the room? What kind of fantasy world is that? A nightmare. We are the grownups in the room. That kid in Florida who looked in the camera and said “We’re children! You’re the adults, so do something!” cut me to the bone. They are our responsibility and we roll the dice every time we send them out the door, and it’s our fault. It doesn’t have to be like this. My children’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness trumps your right to own an arsenal of military-style weapons. I am a single-issue voter and you can bet I am going to do everything I can to vote the politicians who are beholden to the gun lobby, who take vast amounts of money from the NRA and other pro-gun lobbying groups, OUT OF OFFICE. Join me. Peace. Rosanne Cash p.s. I support these groups. They can help mobilize your instinct for change: giffords.org stophandgunviolence.org  everytown.org  momsdemandaction.org sandyhookpromise.org bradycampaign.org
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Florida School Shooting: Celebrities Send Condolences, Demand Action & Change

Deadline Florida School Shooting: Celebrities Send Condolences, Demand Action & Change by Dino-Ray Ramos February 14, 2018 9:32pm On Wednesday afternoon, a 19-year-old opened fire and attacked students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This marked the 18th school shooting on record in America since the beginning of 2018 — and we’re barely halfway through February. As the country’s heart sinks at the loss of 17 lives and injuring 24 at the hand of suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz, many — including members of the Hollywood community took to social media to not only send their thoughts and prayers but to demand change.  “No word, no actions, no laws are enough until we end this epidemic of school shootings in our country,” tweeted Ellen DeGeneres. Mark Ruffalo, who is known to be outspoken on social and political issues chimed in, “Prayers without accordant action are silent lies told to oneself, heard by no God, amounting to nothing. Action is the language of truth, the prayers of the Saints.” The shooting hits close to home for actress Gabrielle Union, who lives in South Florida with her husband, NBA player Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat. She is also the stepmother of three sons. “Like thousands in South Florida, we sent the boys to school in Broward County this morning… there are no words to describe the despair, horror & anger,” she said. “This does not have to be our collective reality. How many more? How many children must not make it home?” From Chelsea Handler to Bette Midler to Kim Kardashian West to Stephen King, more and more tweets demanding change to in policy came out. Read them below. =&0=&@TheEllenShow

No words, no actions, no laws are enough until we end this epidemic of school shootings in our country. My heart is with the students and parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Prayers without accordant action are silent lies told to oneself, heard by no God, amounting to nothing. Action is the language of truth, the prayers of the Saints.

=&2=&@itsgabrielleu

Like thousands in South Florida, we sent the boys to school in Broward County this morning… there are no words to describe the despair, horror & anger. This does not have to be our collective reality. How many more? How many children must not make it home? ...  Read More

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Bette Tweets: Zimmerman/Martin Trial

9-5-2012 6-59-46 PM Bette Midler ✔ @BetteMidler We’ll never know what happened that night btwn Zimmerman & Martin. We do know if there hadn’t been a gun, they’d both be alive to tell us.
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