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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 24, 2018

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event * Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy * Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy * How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

  • Related: Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018
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  • Related: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’; Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

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March 24, 2018 |

March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event, Morgan Winsor, ABC News

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  • March 19, 2018 | "Not one more. 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," the organizers say in their online mission statement.
  • Related: The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians

Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy, Sarah Stitzlein, The Conversation

Friday, March 16, 2018 | In scenes unprecedented in previous school shootings, the past few weeks have been marked by students taking to the streets, to the media, to corporations and elected officials in protest over gun practices and policies.



How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws, Alec MacGillis, Pro Publica

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'Throw them out': plans to eject politicians 'beholden to the gun lobby'. the Guardian 
February 17, 2018 | Moms Demand Action and Everytown launch campaign to empower voters following the horrors of Parkland


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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018

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Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’; Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event

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  • "Not one more. 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," the organizers say in their online mission statement.
  • Related: The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians.

Morgan Winsor, ABC News

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Mar 18, 2018 | What is the 'March of Our Lives'?

Students, teachers, parents and their allies will converge on the nation's capital next weekend to rally for gun control and school safety measures in the wake of last month's shooting in a Florida high school.

Thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate in the "March for Our Lives," organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured others on Valentine's Day. The accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student at the school and was armed with an AR-15-style rifle he had legally purchased a year ago, authorities said.

Morgan Winsor, Breaking News Reporter, ABC News 

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The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians. Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

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  • The students' interview highlighted both the challenges and courage associated with their movement. It is very clear that the Parkland teens are not letting anyone take ownership of their campaign — and that they are highly committed to ensuring that rapid and effective action is taken to help end gun violence.
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Jackie Albano | We Call BS / Rise Up As One

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Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal survivors of the Parkland school shooting in Florida, isn’t backing down in the face of trolls or false accusations. González, who became famous for her fiery speech about gun control last Saturday, is one of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students that conspiracy theorists are accusing of being “crisis actors” paid by anti-gun lobbyists.

But the accusations aren’t slowing Gonzalez or her classmates down. Together they’ve launched the new #NeverAgain movement for gun reform, organizing school walkouts and marches and calling for change on national TV—all while still attending the funerals of their friends.

When asked about the conspiracies, which are now being repeated by more mainstream voices like Rush Limbaugh and one CNN commentator, Gonzalez told Buzzfeed: “It just shows how weak the other side’s argument is, like they have to attack the messengers since the message is airtight.”

Noam Chomsky, Why National Security Has Nothing to Do With Security

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  • As General Butler observed, it is a near miracle that we have escaped destruction so far, and the longer we tempt fate, the less likely it is that we can hope for divine intervention to perpetuate the miracle.
  • Related: Cold War Then. Cold War Now

Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Alfred%20W.%20McCoy%20%7C%20In%20the%20Shadows%20of%20the%20American%20Century.jpgMarch 11, 2018 | If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era). The latter era, of course, opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but -- so the evidence suggests -- not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts.

Day one of the NWE was marked by the “success” of Little Boy, a simple atomic bomb.  On day four, Nagasaki experienced the technological triumph of Fat Man, a more sophisticated design. Five days later came what the official Air Force history calls the “grand finale,” a 1,000-plane raid -- no mean logistical achievement -- attacking Japan’s cities and killing many thousands of people, with leaflets falling among the bombs reading “Japan has surrendered.” Truman announced that surrender before the last B-29 returned to its base.

Noam Chomsky, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival and Failed States. A laureate professor at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. His newest book (with David Barsamian) is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy (Metropolitan Books, December 2017).

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Cold War Then. Cold War Now, William Blum, Dandelion Salad

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For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War; Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize.

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  • Part 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War
  • (Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.
  • Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize
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Part 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War

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(Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

Mark Landler, New York (NY) Times

May 14, 2016 | President Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush. On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White House, Mr. Obama passed a somber, little-noticed milestone: He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president.

If the United States remains in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria until the end of Mr. Obama’s term — a near-certainty given the president’s recent announcement that he will send 250 additional Special Operations forces to Syria — he will leave behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

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Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize

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Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would, its ex-secretary has said.

News, British Broadcasting Corporation

17 September 2015 | Geir Lundestad told the AP news agency that the committee hoped the award would strengthen Mr Obama.

Instead, the decision was met with criticism in the US. Many argued he had not had any impact worthy of the award.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organization.

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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018

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Why Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence * How teens want to solve America’s school shooting problem * A letter from a furious teacher * Parkland Survivors: Donald Trump ‘Needs To Listen To The Screams Of The Children.’ * Parkland Students Criticize Betsy DeVos for Limiting Availability During Marjory Stoneman Douglas Visit (Updated) * Are Students Too Young To Discuss Gun Reform? Wisdom Study Says No. 

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March 10, 2018 |

Why Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence, Jennifer Berkshire, AlterNet

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March 5, 2018 | Teachers in West Virginia demonstrated the power of a huge strike last week. What if students used the same strategy to force politicians to act on gun control?
Kids could force politicians to act by refusing to go to school.


How teens want to solve America’s school shooting problem, Carly Novell, PBS 

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We should not have to beg the U.S. to stop letting our friends die



A letter from a furious teacher, ‪Rebecca Berlin Field‬, Medium 

http://cdn-1.incredibleart.org/lessons/middle/images/kiddies.jpgFeb 17, 2018 | Help us prevent this. Take away guns from people who will murder us. Stop taking money from the NRA and proving how soulless you are. Keep us safe so I can do my job. How dare you put me into constant danger so that you can be reelected.

 



Parkland Survivors: Donald Trump ‘Needs To Listen To The Screams Of The Children.’  Lee Moran, Huff Post

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Parkland Students Criticize Betsy DeVos for Limiting Availability During Marjory Stoneman Douglas Visit (Updated), Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate

March 07, 2018 | Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday morning. While the event was closed to members of the media, DeVos said afterward that she was accompanied by student reporters during her time at the school—an account that was disputed by a senior student reporter named Carly Novell.



Are Students Too Young To Discuss Gun Reform? Wisdom Study Says No. Sarah Sloat, Inverse 

February 22, 2018 | Age is not the only way to earn wisdom.



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Help us prevent this. Take away guns from people who will murder us. Stop taking money from the NRA and proving how soulless you are. Keep us safe so I can do my job. How dare you put me into constant danger so that you can be reelected.

‪Rebecca Berlin Field‬, Medium

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Feb 17, 2018 | Dear every elected official,

Nowhere in my contract does it state that if the need arises, I have to shield students from gunfire with my own body. If it did, I wouldn’t have signed it. I love my job. I love my students. I am also a mother with 2 amazing daughters. I am a wife of a wonderful man. I have a dog that I adore. I don’t want to die defending other people’s children; I want to teach kindness and responsibility…and Art History. That’s what I am supposed to do each day.

Blocking bullets? I am not supposed to do that. I imagine that if someone was trying to kill my students, that I would try to save them with all my being. I probably would jump on top of a child to save her life. And yes, I might be one of those heroic teachers that the media writes tributes to after their death. But I am furious that I would have to make this sacrifice. I am incensed that my own children would lose their mother because I chose to be a teacher.

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Henry A. Giroux | Gun Culture and the American Nightmare of Violence

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  • Militarism provides ideological support for policies that protect gun owners and sellers rather than children.
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Henry A. Giroux, Truthout / Rise Up Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/American%20Culture%20of%20Violence_2.jpgSunday, January 10, 2016  | Gun violence in the United States has produced a culture soaked in blood - a culture that threatens everyone and extends from accidental deaths, suicides and domestic violence to mass shootings. In late December, a woman in St. Cloud, Florida, fatally shot her own daughter after mistaking her for an intruder. Less than a month earlier, on December 2, in San Bernardino, California, was the mass shooting that left 14 people dead and more than 20 wounded. And just two months before that, on October 1, nine people were killed and seven wounded in a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon.

Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that relies on violence to feed the coffers of the merchants of death. Given the profits made by arms manufacturers, the defense industry, gun dealers and the lobbyists who represent them in Congress, it comes as no surprise that the culture of violence cannot be abstracted from either the culture of business or the corruption of politics. Violence runs through US society like an electric current offering instant pleasure from all cultural sources, whether it be the nightly news or a television series that glorifies serial killers.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books are America's Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016) America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017) and American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism.

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One Big Thing: Student Protests * Gun control walkout: Teens protest around the country by leaving schools * Right wing pundits attack student survivors of mass shooting, and Donald Trump Jr approves; * America's youth is sick of shootings. It's time to let them lead the way. * Marco Rubio almost got away with his routine. Then he met Cameron Kasky.

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