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Moms Demand Action Meeting

March 26th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Ann Arbor Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: Information Meeting
Sunday, March 30, 4:00-5:00PM
First United Methodist Church Ann Arbor (120 State Street)

The purpose of this meeting is to get to know each other, learn more about Moms Demand Action, brainstorm about possible future events, and discuss pending state and federal legislation. We will end the meeting by signing postcards encouraging action on Michigan’s expanded background check bill, HB 4774. This bill has been stalled in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee since May 2013.

We have arranged to have childcare available at the meeting.

Letter to Ann Arbor News

March 17th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The story in the March 2 edition of The News is frightening for a variety of reasons. First of all, the evidence is clear, the more guns in a community-the more deaths due to firearms—and not just homicides. Suicides and accidental deaths (typically involving children) are more frequent as well. Secondly, the fact that a significant number of people feel that they need to have guns for protection reflects a troubling level of insecurity and fear in our neighborhoods and indicates an alarming readiness to use lethal force in response to attempted burglary (typically by unarmed teenagers.) Finally, the combination of fear, racial stereotyping, Michigan’s “stand your ground” law and concealed carrying of handguns is an invitation to tragedies on our streets such as have occurred in Florida in the past 2 years. Our social problems should be attacked at their roots. More guns are not the answer—they are simply another serious problem to be addressed.

 

Andrew Zweifler M.D.

 

Member, Physicians for Prevention of Gun Violence

Team 26 Rides and National Gun Violence Sabbath

March 10th, 2014 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Team 26 is making their 2nd annual ride from Newtown to Washington to rally for gun legislation and stopped in Harlem for a rally with local activists. Nina Agrawal of Doctors for America wrote the following piece.

And locally in Washtenaw Co. we are just a few days from the Gun Violence Sabbath weekenda. This national event brings together all faiths and PPGV is proud to participate .
From Nina Agrawal of Doctors for America about Team 26 and Harlem
No justice, no peace – Ride on, Team 26!!!! 

Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to welcome Team 26 to Harlem on their way to Washington from Newtown.  It was such an inspiring day, it brought tears to my eyes, seeing them in their green jerseys in honor of the 20 kids and 6 teachers who died.
Hats off to Dr. Greg Dworkin, a pediatrician, with the United Physicians of Newtown – a group of docs formed in response to the tragedy – who connected Harlem with Monte Frank of Newtown. It was because of our connection that Team 26 stopped in Harlem.  It was a combined event of  OFA, Moms Demand Action, and many other community partners.
It started with a group of local riders lead by Dads Demand Action and 20 local kids from Harlem and the Bronx – called the Rough Riders.  With police escort, we were lead from the Bronx into Harlem.  I connected with a local kid, Robert, from the Bronx whose mother is bedridden from a gun shot injury when he was a kid.  He dropped out of school in the 7th grade but can fix any apple gadget.  He makes his money fixing bikes at a local bike store.
The highlight of the welcome ceremony was the kids – from the Junior Newtown Action Alliance joining up with a rap song with kids from Harlem – calling for peace.  One of the best quotes was the Newtown teen who said that gun violence doesn’t discriminate based on zip code.
I gave a brief speech promoting the ASK program – advising parents to ask about guns in the homes where their child plays.  It was a drop in the bucket next to all the inspiring speakers who have experienced gun violence first hand – mothers who have lost kids,  former gang members who counsel peers,  the list goes on.
The mantra of the day was “no justice, no peace” chanted over and over again.
Bottom line –  There is hope.  We need to keep fighting just as these cyclists keep riding to raise awareness of the need for federal legislation.
Link to NY Daily News – check out the kids and Team 26 riding together: priceless

http://nydn.us/1liygjB

Here’s a link to the pics from the Harlem welcome event – check out Team 26 raising their hands in sync with the rap song – so cool:
Nina