No More Silence: Connect and Commit to Fight Gun Violence
As we approach the two-year anniversary of the Newtown tragedy on December 14th, Moms Demand Action is ramping up efforts to strengthen our membership, plan for the upcoming year, and raise awareness about the reality of gun violence in schools.
Tell Kroger Moms want #GroceriesNotGuns
Moms head to the grocery store on a weekly, sometimes daily basis — often with kids in tow. We don’t expect to face armed strangers when we shop with our families. That’s why we’re asking Kroger, the country’s largest grocery retailer, to prohibit open carry at its supermarkets. In recent years, man shootings and gun rallies have taken place at Kroger brand stores, which include Fred Meyer, Ralph’s, Smiths, Food4Less, Harris Teeter, and others. The company policies says that its core values include creating a “safe and secure workplace and shopping environment.” It’s time for Kroger to live up to that promise. Tell Kroger to end open carry at its supermarkets:
Preventing Child Access to Guns
Children and unsecured guns are a lethal combination. Again and again, we are horrified by the story of another child killed or injured with a negligently stored gun. According to a newly released report by Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, at least 100 children were killed in unintentional shootings between December 2012 and December 2013—and the vast majority of these tragedies could have been prevented if the guns were stored responsibly. Moms Demand Action will be working on a variety of initiatives throughout the year to reduce the number of unintentional shootings and to keep our kids safe.
Get the facts on unintentional shootings and find out what you can do to spread the word about responsible storage.
Just hours after his son was murdered by a gunman in Isla Vista, California, Richard Martinez courageously stated: “When will we enough people say: Stop this madness? We don’t have to live like this. We should say to ourselves: Not One More!” As moms, we must stand with Mr. Martinez, and demand common-sense gun laws NOW. Take action today. Send a postcard and tweet your elected officials with the simple message: Not One More.
Mother’s Day 2014: #MomsVote
This year we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with a week of action aimed at getting more moms than ever engaged and involved in the fight for gun safety. As dozens of our Moms head to DC to lobby legislators, we’re also planning 100 house parties across the country—all with the goal of getting as many people as possible to sign the Gun Sense Voter pledge. Find out how you can get involved!
Mother’s Dream Quilt Project
Every mother dreams of a happy future for her children. Unfortunately, too many American mothers see that dream shattered by gun violence—which has become part of the very fabric of our country. Moms Demand Action has created The Mother’s Dream Quilt Project to symbolize the human toll of gun violence in America, and mothers’ shared dream of a country where all our children will be safe.
Valentine’s Day: Tell Congress They’ve Broken Our Hearts
Exactly 14 months since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and more than 40 school shootings later, Congress has done exactly nothing to strengthen gun laws and keep our children safer in their schools and our communities. This Valentine’s Day, send a message to Congress so they know moms will not give up until they pass better gun laws, starting with comprehensive background checks. Create a Valentine, post it to social media, and visit your member of Congress during our week of action.
It’s Time to #EndFacebookGunShows
Facebook isn’t just for sharing photos of kids and pets anymore. A growing number of people are using Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) to initiate private sales and trades of firearms. In many states, those transactions can take place without a background check, giving dangerous people yet another easy avenue to purchase guns. Help us urge Facebook and Instagram to immediately enact a policy to close this dangerous loophole and #EndFacebookGunShows.
No More Silence: Marking the Anniversary of the Newtown Tragedy
Saturday, December 14 marks one year since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Moms Demand Action will commemorate the anniversary with No More Silence, a campaign to honor the victims and show our resolve never to be silent again about gun violence. The campaign will include a week of action culminating on December 14, with events in more than 35 states. Each event will include a communal ringing of bells—a moment of No More Silence—to remember the victims and to show that the time for silence is over. Get all the details here.
Domestic Gun Violence Awareness
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Moms Demand Action is focusing on the lethal problem of Domestic Gun Violence. Every week, nine American women are shot dead by their husband or intimate partner, according to a new report from the Violence Policy Center. We’re demanding Congress take action to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. Our month-long efforts include press events in some of the worst states for female homicide, a week of action during Congressional recess, and an impactful craft activity. Get the details.
NEED HELP? If you are in an abusive situation and need help, call National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Tell Staples: Guns & Crayons Don’t Mix
Staples is a go-to store for moms throughout the school year. We expect Staples to create a safe shopping environment, not one where a fellow shopper could accidentally fire her gun As part of our ongoing effort to demand corporate responsibility, Moms Demand Action is asking Staples to prohibit firearms in their stores. Sign our petition today and learn about other ways you can help bring gun sense to Staples.
Back to School 2013
Kick off the school year with gun sense. Whether your child is starting his first year of kindergarten or her freshmen year at college, we’re giving you simple ways to promote a safe school year. Take the Mom’s Pledge to live with gun sense; stock up on school supplies at businesses that support gun sense using our back-to-school shopping guide; and find out which campuses are gun-free at our partner site ArmedCampuses.org. Plus, be sure to watch our powerful new PSA which reminds us all why we need to keep calling Congress and demanding gun reform. Together, we can make sure this school year is safe, productive and full of #gunsense.
Victory! Starbucks Listened to Our Call for Gun Sense
On September 18, 2013, Starbucks CEO announced that guns were no longer welcome in Starbucks stores, reversing the company’s previous policy of allowing open and concealed carry if state and local law allowed it. The decision followed a two-month campaign by Moms Demand Action, along with other organizations, to pressure the company to get gun sense. In announcing the new policy, Schultz told CNN, “Guns should not be part of the Starbucks experience.” We applaud Starbucks for standing up for gun sense.
Moms Turn Congress’ Lemons Into Lemonade
Join us this summer as we tell legislators, “When Congress Gives Moms Lemons, We Make Lemonade!” During August recess, moms and kids all over the country will hold lemonade stands in their congressional members’ home districts to show them that we want them to lead with gun sense. Take action this summer by visiting one of our lemonade stands and sharing your “secret ingredient” for lemonade with gun sense.
July 4th 2013
Celebrate your love for your country and your children this July 4th! As mothers, we’re coming together to Declare Independence from Gun Violence—and from the gun lobby that contributes to our national epidemic. Join us in creating hand-made paper flags, marching in community parades, reciting our Declaration of Independence from Gun Violence, and contacting your elected officials. Help us spread the word that gun sense is patriotic! Click here for details.
Father’s Day 2013
Dads are demanding action too! This Father’s Day, we’re recognizing all the dads who have joined our efforts to bring gun sense to America. We’re calling on our members to send hand-made paper neckties and Father’s Day greetings to their legislators, either thanking them for having gun sense, or urging them to start supporting meaningful gun reforms. Plus, we’re inviting them—and all of the wonderful fathers in our lives—to join our Dads Chapter. Click here for details.
Mother’s Day 2013
This year for Mother’s Day, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is honoring gun violence victims and their families, and empowering American moms to demand that their rights as mothers “shall not be infringed.” The campaign includes videos highlighting how gun violence has changed Mother’s Day for victims, as well as a Mother’s Bill of Rights, DIY paper flowers representing the eight American children shot and killed every day in America, and local gatherings on behalf of our chapters across the country. Click here for details.
No Joke, Moms Vote
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On April Fool’s Day, moms around the country will write “No Joke, Moms Vote. Moms Demand Action.org” in chalk on sidewalks in front of their homes, in parks, or in public places. For moms who live in areas where sidewalk chalk is prohibited, we encourage them to make signs and hang them in their home’s windows and cars.
“During Easter weekend, Moms Demand Action asked all Americans to use ‘gun sense’ when answering one simple question: ‘Why is it easier for an American to buy an assault weapon than it is to buy a chocolate Easter egg?,’” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Click here for details.
Paper Dolls, Steel Resolve
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We want ALL Moms Demand Action members to participate in Moms Take the Hill, regardless of whether they can make it to Washington, DC, on March 13. We are asking moms to cut out and decorate eight paper dolls, representing the eight children who are shot and killed in America every day.As part of our social media campaign, “Paper Dolls, Steel Resolve,” we want moms to Tweet (#paperdollssteelresolve, #momstakethehill) and email images of their paper dolls to their Congressional representatives all day on March 13.
Have A Heart Campaign
One Million Moms for Gun Control is asking you to send a Valentine to each of your Congressional representatives this Valentine’s Day. Tell your representatives that you are a mom, you vote, and you support common-sense gun laws NOW. One Million Moms for Gun Control will hand deliver your Valentines to the Hill on Valentine’s Day. Click here for all the details.
How Do You Wear Your Heart?
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On January 18, 2013, One Million Moms for Gun Control launched the social media campaign “How Do You Wear Your Heart?” to give moms across the country a way to demonstrate they demand new gun control laws.
Instructions: print the template; decorate the heart with your children’s names, initials or anything else that inspires you to demand action for common-sense gun control. We encourage creativity: crayons, fabric and different materials. Pin your heart over your heart and wear it publicly in support of One Million Moms for Gun Control.
We ask moms, dads, grandparents and anyone participating to take pictures of themselves wearing their pin and use those pictures as their Facebook profile. Then answer the question “How Do You Wear Your Heart?” Do you wear it with steel resolve or maybe courageously? Tell us how you wear your heart, and share your pictures at [email protected] or Tweet/Instagram them using the hashtags #howdoyouwearyourheart and #1MM4GC.
Moms Demand Action
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On January 2, 2013 One Million Moms for Gun Control urged the 113th Congress to act on The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act introduced by Re. Diana DeGette (D-Colo) and Rep. Carolyn McCarty (D-N.Y.).
To demonstrate momentum among mothers for new and strengthened gun control laws, One Million Moms for Gun Control launched a social media campaign in which moms were asked to use sidewalk chalk to write the slogan ‘Moms Demand Action’ and sign it with a heart and 1MM4GC.org, the acronym and website for One Million Moms for Gun Control, on sidewalks in front of their homes, train stations, schools and other public places. Moms from around the world participated.
This simple act empowers moms to stand up and demand action on common-sense gun control laws. Did you participate but haven’t shared your image yet? We’re still getting submissions, send them to [email protected]