Many thanks to everyone who turned out for Seville's March for Our Lives gathering, one of 800+ protests around the world. A great first step in the long march to gun safety! And we launched Seville's voter registration effort; stay tuned for more on that. To see additional photos of Saturday's gathering, visit our Facebook page.
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
Vote for Their Lives
Want to support the Parkland students? Write an email to your Senators and Congressional representatives RIGHT NOW and tell them that you expect them to support meaningful gun control legislation (Find their email addresses HERE for the Senate and HERE for the House). Check out this chart, searchable by state, showing how your reps have voted on past gun legislation, from the 1993 Brady Bill until today. And above all, register to vote, so that you can back up that email with a ballot!
We have not all been through a mass shooting, but lots of our communities are affected by gun violence. Domestic abuse, drug deals, traffic disputes, depression, a stupid argument in a bar—any of these bad situations can escalate past fixing when guns are involved. Twenty-five years ago my childhood friend Rusty Rice was killed by some dumb kid riding around at night with his father’s stolen handgun. I thought about him again this weekend. May he rest.
Washington Post: At the March for Our Lives, you’ll see her name again. But who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas? by Jessica Contrera
“Be a nuisance where it counts, but don’t be a bore at any time,” Douglas once wrote. “Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failures and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics — but never give up.”
FiveThirtyEight/ The Gerrymandering Project: The Atlas of Redistricting by Aaron Bycoffe, Ella Koeze, David Wasserman and Julia Wolfe
If political gerrymandering is a bad way to draw districts, what happens when you try other ways? See how changes to district boundaries could radically alter the partisan and racial makeup of the U.S. House — without a single voter moving or switching parties.
This podcast of 99% Invisible explains the project, which involves not only the map but a 6-episode examination of the structure of our representative democracy.
Medium: The Media Pyramid by Faris
How do we enjoy a balanced media diet and not make ourselves sick?
Learn about primaries, special elections and more at FVAP.gov. For details of how to register and request an absentee ballot, see our new page on this site, Voter Info.
For more ways to take action check out the action plan put together by PAGE (Progressive Action Global Exchange), and Americans of Conscience;read the last blog post by Indivisible; or you can always watch the four sessions of the Fall 2017 series of the Resistance School, Leadership: Story, Structure, Strategy.
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Get in the game!
resist the madness!
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