CNN: Soldiers make boy’s dying wish come true

A boy with terminal cancer always wanted to be a soldier so the 200th Military Police Command granted his wish. Khalil Quarles is surprised at his home when he returns from school and a honorary U.S. Army Reserve enlistment ceremony is held for him. Khalil Quarles’ love of the Army started several years before heContinue reading “CNN: Soldiers make boy’s dying wish come true”

Seattle Weekly: Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Ceasefire Talks Gun Control in The Wake of Newtown Massacre

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn. rocked our nation. And for good reason. Rarely – even in a world where such senseless acts of violence seem more and more prevalent – are we faced with a horror the scale of what transpired Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. FULL STORY

Sandy Hook and Educating your children about violence.

THE SEATTLE ACTION NETWORK With the school shooting tragedy last friday, and other recent events involving violence and children, The Seattle Action Network is requesting that all schools, businesses and churches come together and discuss these serious issues with our young children. The links below will offer information to help you educate children and youngContinue reading “Sandy Hook and Educating your children about violence.”

Offering Protection and Comfort for Kids in the Wake of Latest Shooting Tragedy

From: PBS.org How can parents and schools keep kids safe, and how can they reassure them when tragedies occur? Judy Woodruff speaks with a panel of experts, including Stephen Brock of California State University, Dewey Cornell of University of Virginia and Mo Canady of the National Association of School Resource Officials. FULL STORY

Help for victims of Sandy Hook Shooting

An official fund for victims’ families, and the community as a whole, has now been established: The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, set up by the United Way of Western Connecticut will provide support services to families and the community. All donations to this fund will go directly to those affected. FULL STORY

Map: Weapons in Washington state schools

Darker colors represent higher rates for students suspended or expelled for weapons incidents during the 2010-11 school year, the most recent numbers available. Click on each district on the map for more detailed numbers. see the map here Also from: CNN 10 ways to put brakes on mass shootings in schools A gunman opened fireContinue reading “Map: Weapons in Washington state schools”

Sandy Hook: Children and a violent world and what we can do.

Friday December 14,2012 THE SEATTLE ACTION NETWORK With this mornings school tragedy, and other recent events involving violence and children, The Seattle Action Network is requesting that all schools, businesses and churches come together and discuss these serious issues with our young children. The links below will offer information to help you educate children andContinue reading “Sandy Hook: Children and a violent world and what we can do.”

White House, nonprofit groups battle over charitable deductions

The White House and the nation’s most prominent charities are embroiled in a tense behind-the-scenes debate over President Obama’s push to scale back the nearly century-old tax deduction on donations that the charities say is crucial for their financial health. In a series of recent meetings and calls, top White House aides have pressed nonprofitContinue reading “White House, nonprofit groups battle over charitable deductions”

Oppose the Sequestration of Federal Funding for Affordable Housing

SIGN THIS PETITION HERE FROM: DEMOCRACY IN ACTION.ORG We the undersigned strongly oppose the sequestration of federal funding for housing and community development programs as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. We urge Congress to halt the non-defense discretionary cuts and to protect key programs that prevent and end homelessness and truly serveContinue reading “Oppose the Sequestration of Federal Funding for Affordable Housing”