STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
Will this time be different?
Before any details were released about the Florida school shooting, I was braced for the same round of ridiculous “thoughts and prayers” that political leaders seem to default to.
Within 48 hours, the strongest responses were not politicians, second amendment groups, or gun-control advocates—but the students themselves who actually lived through the shooting. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have announced the "March For Our Lives," in Washington D.C., on March 24 and called for other cities to join them in a call for gun reform legislation. They have directly called out the president and Republican lawmakers by name and condemned their ties to the National Rifle Association.
Student David Hogg to the Washington Post: “Instead of condolences, give us action. There is something seriously wrong here.”
Huffpost/Highline: What Bullets do to Bodies by Jason Fagone
We are inundated with news about shootings. We get names, places, anguished Facebook posts, statistics on crime rates and risk, arguments about the Second Amendment—everything except the blood. What do surgeons know about gun violence that the rest of us don’t?
Slate Magazine: The Judicious RBG by Dalia Lithwick
Justice Ginsburg never allows herself to talk about politics explicitly, has declined to speak about Trump or Merrick Garland or the future of the Supreme Court. Looking at that pattern, you might think she’s confining herself to platitudes. That isn’t the case. “I try to think before I speak.”
Salon: Reject Trump’s judicial nominee for his complicity in torture by Senator Tammy Duckworth
The Senate will shortly vote on the confirmation of Howard Nielson — who worked with Steven Bradbury, another Trump appointee, on the Bush torture memos — to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge, despite his unapologetic defense of torture and those who sanctioned it.
WNYC/On The Media: The Safety Net Just Got a Little Less Safe (27 min)
In the second budget proposal of his presidency, Donald Trump offers more money for defense, veterans and border security—and heavy cuts to federal assistance programs including a 20 percent cut to Section 8 housing, a 22 percent cut to Medicaid and a brutal 27 percent cut to SNAP (the benefit formerly known as food stamps).
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