By Jueseppi B.
First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at Meeting to Address Youth Violence
Published on Apr 10, 2013
The First Lady addresses a joint luncheon meeting in Chicago hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that included members of Chicago’s leading civic organizations. Mrs. Obama urges Chicago¹s business leaders to invest in expanded opportunities for youth across Chicago¹s neighborhoods.
First Lady Michelle Obama Challenges Chicago Leaders to Create Opportunity for all Children
First Lady Michelle Obama today brought a room filled with Chicago business and community leaders to tears as she challenged them to commit to the most important unfinished work of our lifetime — widening the circle of opportunity for every last one of our children.
Mrs. Obama was in Chicago to address the Public Safety Action Committee, a new private-sector effort launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to address the violent crime that is taking a terrible toll on the youth of the great city she and I both call home.
As the First Lady pointed out, thousands of Chicago children are now living in neighborhoods where a funeral for a teenager is considered unfortunate, but not unusual; where wandering onto the wrong block or even just standing on your own front porch can mean putting yourself at risk.
This needs to change. In Chicago and across the country, we need to create ladders of opportunity for our young people. We need to give our children mentors who push them and nurture them. We need to teach them the life-skills they need to succeed. We need to give them alternatives to gangs and drugs – safe places where they can learn something and stay out of trouble. Every single child — in cities like Chicago and all across America — has boundless promise, no matter where he or she lives.
And as Mrs. Obama told the leaders in the room today, giving our kids the chance to fulfill that promise and grow into productive adults who lead meaningful lives – that’s on us. “That’s our job,” she said:
You all are here today because you know that this is about more than just fulfilling a business obligation or a civic obligation…you know that this is a moral obligation. Because ultimately, this city and this community will be judged not just by the beauty of our parks and lakefront, or the vitality of our businesses, but by our commitment to our next generation.
I think my husband put it best when he spoke to the people of Newtown, Connecticut back in December, and he said – and this is his quote: “This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job.
If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.
And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations?
Mrs. Obama urged the leaders of Chicago to come together and do something worthy of our children’s futures, and to show them — not with words but with action – that they are not alone in the struggle to fulfill their potential. We need to show them that we believe in them, and we need to give them everything they need to believe in themselves. And we need to remember that this is going to take a serious and sustained investment over a very long period of time. As Mrs. Obama said, “This is forever.”
It’s a challenge that makes sense for leaders in communities across our country to embrace. Our kids deserve no less
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks on youth empowerment at a “Joint Luncheon Meeting: Working Together to Address Youth Violence in Chicago,” hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, Ill., April 10, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Tina Tchen is the Chief of Staff for First Lady Michelle Obama
How many more rounds are we going to let this go on for?
Published on Apr 10, 2013
“How Many More Rounds?”
Moms Demand Action has launched a campaign to drive support for new and stronger gun laws in America in the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The video, “How many more rounds?,” is an emotive depiction of the damage caused by gun violence. An AR-15 assault weapon is fired in slow motion with each discharged shell casing representing a major shooting in America. The video ends with the message, “How many more rounds are we going to let this go on for?” along with a phone number to the Congress switchboard.
Moms Demand Action was founded to demand action NOW to:
1) Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
2) Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases.
3) Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF, and ban online sales of ammunition.
4) Make gun trafficking a federal crime with serious criminal penalties.
5) Counter gun industry lobbyists’ efforts to weaken gun laws at the state level.
Rubio On Background Checks
Published on Apr 10, 2013
Mayors Against Illegal Guns has released new advertising in Florida. Watch and share the ad, and Demand Action to end gun violence.
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