CNN: Soldiers make boy’s dying wish come true

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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.

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Khalil Quarles’ love of the Army started several years before he was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer in June 2011. It started in his leg and his lungs. He went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but the cancer kept growing.

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Sandy Hook and Educating your children about violence.

THE SEATTLE ACTION NETWORK

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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 young adults.

Educating Young Children for a Peaceful World
http://www.humiliationstudies.org/documents/QuisumbingEducatingChildren.pdf

Teaching Children – National Crime Prevention Council
http://www.ncpc.org/topics/by-audience/law-enforcement/teaching-children

NIMH · Children and Violence
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/children-and-violence.shtml

The NIMH website also offers:

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters:

*What Parents Can Do
*What Community Members Can Do
*What Rescue Workers Can Do

The Seattle Action Network
Ron Williams – Executive Director
http://www.seattleactionnetwork.wordpress.com
206-538-9564

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

Map: Weapons in Washington state schools

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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 fire Friday in a Connecticut elementary school, killing 26 people, 20 of them children, police said. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

Readers posted more than 2,000 comments in response to questions we asked them in a story examining immediate shock and anger surrounding the incident. They looked at what problems might be involved and how society might go about solving them. Here are 10 of the most popular suggestions.

see the 10 ways

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 and young adults.

Educating Young Children for a Peaceful World
http://www.humiliationstudies.org/documents/QuisumbingEducatingChildren.pdf

Teaching Children – National Crime Prevention Council
http://www.ncpc.org/topics/by-audience/law-enforcement/teaching-children

NIMH · Children and Violence
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/children-and-violence.shtml

The NIMH website also offers:

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters:

*What Parents Can Do
*What Community Members Can Do
*What Rescue Workers Can Do

The Seattle Action Network
Ron Williams – Executive Director
http://www.seattleactionnetwork.wordpress.com
206-538-9564

White House, nonprofit groups battle over charitable deductions

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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 nonprofit groups to line up behind the president’s plan for reducing the federal deficit and averting the year-end “fiscal cliff,” according to people familiar with the talks.

FULL STORY

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 serve the most vulnerable in our communities. We ask that Congress adopt a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes additional revenue and upholds the federal commitments to affordable housing, community development, and ending homelessness.

On any given night, more than 22,000 people are homeless in Washington State. More than 132,000 extremely low-income families in Washington State are spending more than half their income for rent and have trouble affording basic necessities like food and medicine. During the 2010-2011 school year, one in every forty students in Washington State experienced homelessness.

If the mandated cuts are not halted, we expect to see an unprecedented growth in homelessness throughout our state. Preliminary estimates show that funding levels for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance may need to be reduced by an amount equal to 4,040 section 8 housing vouchers in Washington. There is a strong likelihood that for many individuals and families who currently receive assistance, the loss of a housing voucher could result in homelessness. Those cuts will be compounded by just as devastating cuts to other programs that serve these populations including an estimated $5.1M from public housing operating funds, $3.9M from CDBG Formula Grants, $3.6M from Homeless Assistance Grants, and $2.9M from Native American Housing Grants.

Preventing these cuts isn’t just a moral imperative; it is economically wise as well. Generally cuts to housing and community development programs lead to increased costs for federal, state, and local governments as people who had been treated through cost-effective interventions are forced instead to use expensive options such as emergency rooms, jails, and other services.

The sequestration of federally-funded housing and community development programs is directly in opposition to the vision of a Washington and an America where every resident has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home. Members of Congress, we ask that you protect our most vulnerable, invest in our communities, and halt the sequestration cuts.

Sincerely,

SIGN THIS PETITION HERE

PETITION BY: DEMOCRACY IN ACTION.ORG