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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 5th Of December, 2013. Just 20 Days Left Before Bankruptcy!


 

By Jueseppi B.

December 4th, 2013: Photo of the Day President Barack Obama meets with National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling in the Oval Office, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama meets with National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling in the Oval Office, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

White House Schedule – December 5, 2013

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5th, 2013

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND  FOR
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5th, 2013

 

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing and meet with senior advisors. These meetings in the Oval Office are closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will tape an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at American University in Washington, DC. There will be a stills only pool spray of the taping.

 

In the evening, the President will host two Hanukkah receptions in the Grand Foyer. The First Lady will also attend. There will be pooled press coverage of the President’s remarks.

 

Thursday, December 5 2013 All Times ET

 

5:30 AM: The Vice President arrives at Seoul, Republic of Korea, Osan Air Base.

 

@USEmbassySeoul: Welcome to Korea, @VP Biden! Air Force 2 has just touched down. Wishing the VP a fruitful visit!

@USEmbassySeoul: Welcome to Korea, @VP Biden! Air Force 2 has just touched down. Wishing the VP a fruitful visit!

 

 

9:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors, Oval Office.

 

 

2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT tapes an appearance on “Hardball with Chris Matthews”, Greenberg Theater, American University.

 

 

4:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Hanukkah Reception; the FIRST LADY attends, Grand Foyer.

 

 

8:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Hanukkah Reception; the FIRST LADY attends, Grand Foyer.

 

Briefing Schedule

1:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Briefing Room.

 

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks December 05, 2013

 

Remarks by the Vice President at a Breakfast with the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and the U.S.-China Business Council

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks December 04, 2013

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice: “Human Rights: Advancing American Interests and Values”

 

Remarks by the First Lady at 2013 Holiday Press Preview

 

Remarks by the President on Economic Mobility

 

Remarks by the President to ACA Youth Summit

 

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China

 

 

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ObamaCare: It’s All Over For The GOP But The LYING & ‘Baby-Slanders!’

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the White House Youth Summit

December 04, 2013 | 12:07 |Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act. The summit brought together over 160 national and local young leaders who have broad reach in their communities and can help get the word out to young Americans about enrolling in health coverage.

 

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama Previews the 2013 White House Holiday Decorations

December 04, 2013 | 11:14 |Public Domain

 

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2013 holiday decorations and asks every American to remember what our military families and servicemembers often experience during this time of year, and the sacrifices they make to proudly serve all of us.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Economic Mobility

December 04, 2013 | 48:15 |Public Domain

 

President Obama discusses the twin challenges of growing income inequality and shrinking economic mobility and how they pose a fundamental threat to the American Dream.

 

 

 

Previewing the Vice President’s Trip to Asia

December 03, 2013 | 4:50

 

Jake Sullivan, the Vice President’s National Security Advisor, previews the upcoming trip to Asia.

 

 

 

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Michael Robertson
December 04, 2013
10:40 PM EST

 

“You have stage IV cancer”.

 

“Well, how many stages are there? Five, Six, Ten?”

 

“There’s only four”.

 

Two months after proposing to my wife and just three months before my 36th birthday, those were the first words spoken to me by my oncologist.

 

A check-up with my family doctor only days before spawned a whirlwind of appointments, scans, and tests. I sat, listening in awe, trying to wrap my head around the reality of balancing fear and uncertainty with wanting to fight, but not really knowing how. I learned that I was now a stage IV, metastatic colorectal cancer patient. A cancer that usually afflicts those 65 and older wasn’t just inside my body, it was growing and making its way through my body, spreading from my colon to a tumor in my liver and possibly a lesion on my lungs.

 

I was otherwise healthy my whole life – 35 years old, an athlete into college, professionally doing important work I’d only dreamed of, and finally about to be married and start my own family. Fighting to survive a catastrophic disease was NOT part my plans.

 

Thankfully, I was fortunate enough to have insurance through my employer and my cancer was treatable and curable they said. Thankfully, because I had insurance, they said, if I gave them the next year for treatment, they’d give me back the rest of my life.

 

But imagine if I didn’t have access to health insurance through my job. Until that week, just 16 months ago, I could have made the case that I almost didn’t “need” to spend money on health insurance. Technically, with only yearly check-ups and mostly needing only over-the-counter medicines, I could have afforded to pay for my healthcare needs myself.

 

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Jason Furman, Betsey Stevenson
December 05, 2013
09:00 AM EST

 

The United States economy continues to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and while substantial progress has been made, more work remains to boost economic growth and speed job creation. Despite ten consecutive quarters of GDP growth and 7.8 million private sector jobs added since early 2010, the unemployment rate is unacceptably high at 7.3 percent, and far too many families are still struggling to regain the foothold they had prior to the crisis.

 

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program authorized by Congress in 2008 has provided crucial support to the economy and to millions of Americans who lost jobs through no fault of their own. Under current law, EUC will end on December 28, 2013

 

This report argues that allowing EUC to expire would be harmful to millions of workers and their families, counterproductive to the economic recovery, and unprecedented in the context of previous extensions to earlier unemployment insurance programs.

 

Download the full report here or read a summary below, including state-by-state effects of allowing EUC benefits to expire.

 

Since their inception in 2008, extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits have provided critical support to millions of workers and their families:

  • Nearly 24 million workers have received extended UI benefits
  • Recipients are a diverse group: roughly half have completed at least some college, including 4.8 million with bachelor’s degrees or higher
  • Including workers’ families, nearly 69 million people have been supported by extended UI benefits, including almost 17 million children
  • In 2012 alone, UI benefits lifted an estimated 2.5 million people out of poverty

 

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Kyle Lierman
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December 04, 2013
07:50 PM EST

 

This afternoon, youth leaders from across the country gathered here for our White House Youth Summit. The Summit was made of up 160 of this country’s finest national and local leaders aged 18-35.  Joined by White House and Administration staff, these millennial participants discussed issues important to their generation — especially spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act and organizing to get people enrolled in their respective communities. They also participated in a series of panels and breakout workshops with administration officials, stakeholder groups, and advocates.

 

To kick off the event, a very special guest dropped by to speak to the Youth Summit: President Obama — who let young Americans know he needed their help.

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

So I’m going to need you all to spread the word about how the Affordable Care Act really works, what its benefits are, what its protections are and, most importantly, how people can sign up. I know people call this law Obamacare. And that’s okay — because I do care. I care about you. I care about families. I care about Americans.

But no matter how much I care, the truth is, is that for your friends and your family, the most important source of information is not going to be me, it’s going to be you.  They are going to trust you.  If you’re taking them on a website, walking them through it saying, look at the price you’re able to get, look at the benefits you’re able to get.  That’s what’s going to be making a difference.

 

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Mr Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC Rather Than Work For Asshole Phil Griffin, President Of MSNBC.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Martin Bashir...When You Tell The truth At MSNBC, You Get Punished.

Martin Bashir…When You Tell The truth At MSNBC, You Get Punished.

 

A statement by Martin Bashir

 

The following is a message for the msnbc community from Martin Bashir:

 

“After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of msnbc, I have tendered my resignation.  It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.

 

“I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences.  I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.”

 

 

Phil Griffin, President of msnbc, added the following:

 

“Martin Bashir resigned today, effective immediately. I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with msnbc. Martin is a good man and respected colleague  - we wish him only the best.”

 

 

Martin Bashir Says Someone Should Shit in Sarah Palin’s Mouth – Attacks Sarah Palin

 

 

Bashir concluded his commentary by suggesting Palin is deserving of the same treatment.In his Clear the Airsegment, Bashir lit into Palin straight away, referring to her as America’s resident dunce and characterizing her remarks as scraping the barrel of her long-deceased mind, and using her all-time favorite analogy in an attempt to sound intelligent about the national debt.

 

He then played a clip of Palin’s comments from last weekend, in which she told a crowd at Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition event, “Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children, and borrowing from China. When that note comes due — and this isn’t racist, so try it. Try it anyway. This isn’t racist. But it’s going to be like slavery when that note is due. It will be like slavery.”

 

Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot, it’s hardly surprising that she should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history.

 

So here’s an example, Bashir continued. One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years.

 

Thistlewood was the son of a tenant farmer, who arrived on the island of Jamaica in April 1750, and assumed the position of overseer at a major plantation What is most shocking about Thistlewood’s diary is not simply the fact that he assumes the right to own and possess other human beings, but is the sheer cruelty and brutality of his regime, Bashir added.

 

In 1756, he records that a slave named Darby ‘catched eating kanes had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.’ This became known as ‘Darby’s Dose,’ a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of inhumanity.

 

And he mentions a similar incident in 1756, his time in relation to a man he refers to as Punch. ‘Flogged punch well, and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper, made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth,’ Bashir recited. I could go on, but you get the point, Bashir said, concluding When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate.

 

 

MSNBC Host Apologizes For Sarah Palin Comments

 

Published on Nov 20, 2013

“On Friday, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a blistering commentary in which he suggested that former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) deserved the same treatment as that described in the diary of British overseer Thomas Thistlewood’s diary. Bashir’s commentary was pegged to remarks that Palin made last week, comparing public debt to slavery. At the top of Monday’s show, Bashir delivered a lengthy, abject apology for his remarks, and promised to learn from the experience…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

 

 

 

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I admire Martin Bashir, and I like his show on MSNBC week days at 3 PM Central Standard Time. Of the seven “liberal” show host that MSNBC employs in the 3 PM to 10 PM time slot, The Rev Al Sharpton and Martin Bashir are my favorite political “expert pundits.”

 

I support Martin Bashir 5000% in his suggesting that Stupid Sarah Palin should receive a Darby Dose, and I suggest that every time she speaks on slavery….she gets dosed.

 

I’ll even go three steps further…anytime any politician or celebrity or public official opens his/her mouth to offer expert punditry on subjects they know jack shit about, they be made to endure a Darby Dose.

 

You speak about slavery without ever having studied slavery…Darby Dose. You talk about SNAP benefits and how that program should be cut, without ever having lived on food stamps….Darby Dose. You vote against legislation that 90% of Americans want…..Darby Dose.

 

Get my drift….

 

I realize Martin Bashir apologized to keep MSNBC happy, and for that I comprehend his apology. I also know Martin Bashir took time off to get the taste of apologizing to a stupid bitch, Sarah Palin, who has not ever apologized for circling America saying things 5000 times worse than what Martin Bashir suggested by saying Palin should be Darby Dosed.

 

I think she should be “pickled” as well as Darby Dosed. Daily.

 

I will miss you Mr. Martin Bashir.

 

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Martin Bashir Suggest Sarah Palin Receive “Darby’s Dose”…I Agree With Martin.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Published on Nov 20, 2013

Former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) punched her way back into the news this week by invoking slavery in remarks about American public debt, then doubling down on the remarks in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

 

On Friday afternoon’s Martin Bashir program on MSNBC, host Martin Bashir delivered a scathing attack on Palin, while attempting to contextualize the horror of slavery for her by detailing some of the cruelty recorded in the diary of Thomas Thistlewood, a British overseer at a Jamaican sugar plantation.

 

Martin Bashir Says Someone Should Shit in Sarah Palin’s Mouth – Attacks Sarah Palin

 

 

 

Bashir concluded his commentary by suggesting Palin is deserving of the same treatment.In his Clear the Air segment, Bashir lit into Palin straight away, referring to her as America’s resident dunce and characterizing her remarks as scraping the barrel of her long-deceased mind, and using her all-time favorite analogy in an attempt to sound intelligent about the national debt.

 

He then played a clip of Palin’s comments from last weekend, in which she told a crowd at Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition event, “Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children, and borrowing from China. When that note comes due — and this isn’t racist, so try it. Try it anyway. This isn’t racist. But it’s going to be like slavery when that note is due. It will be like slavery.”

 

Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot, it’s hardly surprising that she should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history.

 

So here’s an example, Bashir continued. One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years.

 

Thistlewood was the son of a tenant farmer, who arrived on the island of Jamaica in April 1750, and assumed the position of overseer at a major plantation What is most shocking about Thistlewood’s diary is not simply the fact that he assumes the right to own and possess other human beings, but is the sheer cruelty and brutality of his regime, Bashir added.

 

In 1756, he records that a slave named Darby ‘catched eating kanes had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.’ This became known as ‘Darby’s Dose,’ a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of inhumanity.

 

And he mentions a similar incident in 1756, his time in relation to a man he refers to as Punch. ‘Flogged punch well, and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper, made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth,’ Bashir recited. I could go on, but you get the point, Bashir said, concluding When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate.

 

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I admire Martin Bashir, and I like his show on MSNBC week days at 3 PM Central Standard Time. Of the seven “liberal” show host that MSNBC employs in the 3 PM to 10 PM time slot, The Rev Al Sharpton and Martin Bashir are my favorite political “expert pundits.”

 

I support Martin Bashir 5000% in his suggesting that Stupid Sarah Palin should receive a Darby Dose, and I suggest that every time she speaks on slavery….she gets dosed.

 

I’ll even go three steps further…anytime any politician or celebrity or public official opens his/her mouth to offer expert punditry on subjects they know jack shit about, they be made to endure a Darby Dose.

 

You speak about slavery without ever having studied slavery…Darby Dose. You talk about SNAP benefits and how that program should be cut, without ever having lived on food stamps….Darby Dose. You vote against legislation that 90% of Americans want…..Darby Dose.

 

Get my drift….

 

I realize Martin Bashir apologized to keep MSNBC happy, and for that I comprehend his apology. I also know Martin Bashir took time off to get the taste of apologizing to a stupid bitch, Sarah Palin, who has not ever apologized for circling America saying things 5000 times worse than what Martin Bashir suggested by saying Palin should be Darby Dosed.

 

I think she should be “pickled” as well as Darby Dosed. Daily.

 

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Advancing The Dream


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Rev. Al Sharpton’s ‘Advancing the Dream: Live at the Apollo’

 

Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” Contact e-mail: lbuford8101@hotmail.com  (213) 220-8101

 

by Larry Buford & EURWEB.com

 

Reverend Al Sharpton and MSNBC presented “Advancing the Dream: Live from The Apollo” on Friday, September 6th at 8pm ET.

 

The live, star-studded, two-hour television event included interviews and discussions with a diverse group of successful individuals including Stevie Wonder, Magic Johnson, Condoleezza Rice, Tyler Perry, Lisa Price, Sallie Krawcheck, Cory Booker, and Ron Blaylock.

 

Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater was the perfect setting. Reverend Sharpton and his guests looked back at the struggles of the past, celebrated current achievements and looked forward to the challenges ahead.

 

“Advancing the Dream” is an initiative led by Reverend Al Sharpton to highlight efforts in communities across America to expand fairness, equality and opportunity. The initiative was launched at the Essence Festival, continued in Washington DC for the anniversary of the March on August 23, and concluded at the Apollo.

 

Sponsored by the University of Phoenix, the guests ranged from political and business community leaders to performers and athletes that delved into topics including education, worker’s rights, income inequality, the opportunity gap and other aspects of the modern day civil rights movement.

 

Click here to read more.

 

Advancing The Dream: Tyler Perry — From Homelessness Top Entertainer

 

 

 

 

Advancing The Dream: Wonder, Johnson & Perry Talk Motivation Beyond Race

 

 

 

 

Advancing The Dream: Strategies For Advancing Dr. King’s Dream

 

 

 

 

Advancing The Dream: Magic Johnson With Rev. Sharpton at The Apollo

 

 

 

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How I Talk To My Children About Guns


 

By Jueseppi B.

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How I Talk to My Children About Guns

 

By Kim Parker Russell, via mom.me & Moms Demand Action

 

In this country, a child or teen is shot every 3 hours and 15 minutes. I don’t want to scare my children, but I also want desperately for them to stay safe and to be aware of their surroundings. The hard part is figuring out how to do this without terrifying them and when to do it. Is a 6-year-old too young to learn about guns? I used to think so, until Newtown happened.

 

I’ll never forget the weekend of December 15, 2012. We were hosting a party for my son’s 4th birthday. My daughter was 6—nearly 7—and in the 1st grade. I was eager to remain festive but suffering from unexpected episodes of PTSD after the Newtown shooting. In 1999, I was shot during a robbery and my friend was killed.

 

My PTSD symptoms had subsided tremendously over the years, but suddenly they were back: the sweaty palms, rapid heartbeat, a nauseated feeling, and an inability to move. That weekend, and for many weeks after, I could not stop imagining my children coming face-to-face with a gunman as I had 14 years ago. I flashed back to the utter terror I experienced when the heavy, cold barrel of a gun was pressed against my forehead after running from gunshots. Gunshots which I first thought were firecrackers.

 

I managed to carry on. At my son’s party, the kids ran exuberantly through our tiny house in Brooklyn. While dodging sugared up children, the adults were in the midst of serious conversations. Parents whispered, “Are you going to tell them?” It was clear among the parents of 4-year-olds that we weren’t going to mention it and would be careful when listening to the news. The parents of 6- and 7-year-olds, however, were on the fence. We all seemed to agree that we didn’t want them to know, but I was concerned. My daughter’s best friend has an older sibling and I didn’t want her to hear it secondhand.

 

Sunday night our public elementary school sent out a notice stating that the tragedy at Sandy Hook would be discussed in 3rd through 5th grade classrooms, but not mentioned in lower grades unless the children brought it up. This seemed reasonable to me, in part because I didn’t want to tell her, so my husband and I decided to go with that—we wouldn’t mention it until asked. We wouldn’t listen to the news around them.

 

Later that night I liked a Facebook page called One Million Moms for Gun Control, now known as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. A stay-at-home mom in Indiana founded the page in the days after Newtown, and through a friend of a friend, I found it.

 

I had lived in a bubble after my shooting, and that bubble made me feel safe. I convinced myself that what happened to me was random, that I was an anomaly. After Newtown, I realized that I could no longer exist there. I realized that if I didn’t fight with everything I had to prevent gun violence then I would be complicit.

 

Overnight, I went from full-time mom to full-time activist. Within a week I was quoted on the front page of the Indiana Star and interviewed by MSNBC. I haven’t stopped since.

 

Soon it became clear that I had to tell my kids something. This new accidental job was taking over our dining room, and I was constantly on the phone, attending rallies, and making television appearances. Every day I would check in with my daughter’s teacher, asking, “Anything mentioned today?”

 

I finally came up with something simple: “Mommy is trying to make sure scary people don’t have access to guns.” Simplicity worked for awhile.

 

Then came the day I was to speak at a press conference with Senator Chuck Schumer. It was a typical Saturday, full of multiple kid birthday parties. And in the mess of scheduling it all, my daughter ended up going with me at the last minute. There was vague talk about Newtown by families who had lost a loved one, by politicians trying to make change, and then it was my turn.

 

At this point, I had given a few speeches, and though I found them all nerve-racking, this one in particular made me uneasy. This time, my daughter was listening. My daughter was about to hear my story—my near-death experience with a gun—for the first time.

 

The story took place four days after Columbine. My dear friend Philip—a beloved high school teacher—and I were out to dinner in Atlanta. We spent hours talking about Columbine. Philip was worried about his students and worried about himself. After dinner, we drove to an art opening in an older neighborhood filled with beautiful Victorian homes. We had parked and were headed toward the party when Philip turned back—he wanted to lock his jeep. Suddenly, I heard a loud pop, and then I heard Philip yell. To this day I wish I knew what he said. Those were his last words.

 

I ran for cover as shots whizzed past me until one hit my back, leaving a long, bullet-shaped burn. It was dark and I couldn’t see. I dove under a truck for cover and then heard footsteps. I decided to play dead. It didn’t work, and soon a gun was pressed to my skull. He demanded my purse and removed the gun to take it from me. He then put it back. I tightened my muscles, squeezed my fists and prepared myself to die. For whatever reason, he removed the gun, shot in the air and ran away.

 

I’ll never forget how my voice cracked as I recounted the story in front of my daughter. I could sense her shock and confusion from across the crowded sidewalk. I wish I had insisted she stand next to me so I could hold her hand.

 

Heading to the subway I asked, “I know mommy’s work can be pretty hard to hear sometimes. Is there anything you want ask me?”

 

Yes,” she said, “What you said … mom—the thing that happened to you—did that really happen?”

 

And with that our ongoing talks about gun violence began. It is still not easy, but I am somewhat relieved that she now knows. She also knows that not all of her friends are ready for it, so we’ve agreed to keep the talks between us. I answer her questions as truthfully as I can and try not to frighten her. Sometimes the questions are frequent and sometimes weeks go by until she asks me out of the blue if I used to run three-legged races with my friend Philip.

 

Sadly, at 7, she gets it.

 

Some of her questions are harder than others. She wants to know why it’s so easy for bad people to get guns, and why people want to hurt each other. I tell her that our government does its best to protect us, but sometimes a law may be ineffective or incomplete. It is up to us, as citizens, to speak out when we feel that our laws need to change. I want her to know that her voice matters.

 

I can’t explain why people want to hurt other people. I tell her that there will always be people in the world who want to cause pain. But the darkness that those people cause is vastly outweighed by the light and joy that many others spread. We must be careful in dangerous situations, and we must do our best to remain a force of good.

 

In June, I took her with me to a joint interview with a father of a Newtown victim. After our interview, the three of us got lunch. I was worried that it would be hard on him to sit with my daughter, so close in age with the son he lost. The father and I chatted as my daughter kept quiet while taking turns eating bites of food and working on a drawing. As we finished our meal, she signed her drawing and handed it to him. I was struck by her kindness and her desire to make him feel better. At 7, she saw someone who was hurting and with no knowledge of what had happened, tried to do her part to make it better. I am so proud of her.

 

My daughter now has some understanding of why I’m working so hard, but she has never understood why it is such an uphill battle. In March I took my daughter to hear President Obama speak at the White House about our country’s need for stronger gun regulation. It was a very special day and we were thrilled to have our “girl” trip. After hearing the President, she looked at me and said, “Mom, if President Obama agrees with you, and so many other people do, too, why do you have to work so hard?”

 

So far, that’s been her toughest question, and though I still don’t have an answer, I can at least promise that I’m trying.

 

Read the full article on mom.me

 

Moms Demand Action | September 3, 2013

 

 

Why We Need Gun Reform….

 

 

 

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