"I know America faces a somewhat similar problem and that this is a global phenomenon," said Photographer Tasos Markou Thursday night at the opening of his new exhibition Lives Afloat: The Greek Refugee Crisis through the Lens of Tasos Markou 2015-2017.
The exhibit, portraying the realities facing refugees as they arrived in Greece at the height of the Greek Refugee Crisis, runs until spring 2019 at the National Hellenic Museum in Greek Town.
Markou could not be any more spot on.
After the Parkland, Florida massacre on St. Valentine’s Day, we saw a true sea change in America regarding the issue of gun violence. Our nation became very activated, and the message conveyed was loud and clear- we as citizens WANT REAL COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS NOW
Unfortunately, Congress in Washington D.C. did not listen to act, and between the Parkland massacre and the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting last week, the federal government still didn’t move on what is truly the biggest public health crisis facing our country. It’s clear that the only way real policy change regarding gun violence comes is at the polls, and that’s still six months away...
Today is May Day, or International Workers Day, and with that we remember the Haymarket Affair on the evening of May 4 1886. May 1 is the date on the calendar that honors and remembers labor, so thus the Haymarket martyrs, who died in the cause of eventually giving us an eight hour workday, are top of mind.
"The day will come when our silence is more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.”...
“Well, it’s not like it could save the Earth or anything…”
…Actually, it might. Scott Pruitt, the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will most likely become the next member of Trump’s cabinet to lose his job. It’s a cabinet in chaos, embroiled in scandal, with Pruitt’s performance just as chaotic and scandalous any any Trump appointee.
There are multiple reports indicating that Scott Pruitt and his allies are rallying to try and save his job because they all know that his time is running out. The only EPA Administrator who could honestly be worse than Pruitt was Russ Cargill, The Simpsons movie villain, and he’s not even real...
Saturday brings the March for Our Lives, a show of solidarity against the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our country. It's also a call to action for the implementation of common sense guns laws, and to thus hold the NRA, the politicians that support them, and the arms manufacturers and dealers accountable.
The main event, much like all the other marches that have been held since January 2017, will be held in Washington D.C. but the motto of the local event is this:
In Chicago We March for Our Lives Everyday.
Gun sense, gun reform, gun control, whichever term you prefer to use, this is the primary issue in America right now
. We currently find ourselves in an extremely pivotal moment regarding this debate, and it appears a tipping point could be coming. Amidst this potential sea change, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif)
and Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr will lead a town hall style discussion on gun violence in America
with high school students from seven different schools across California's 17th district.
Gun violence is an issue that definitely hits home for Kerr, as he was just 18 when his father, former President of the American University of Beirut Malcolm Kerr, was assassinated by gunmen in January 1984.
The event, which is expected to be attended by 2,000 people, will take place at Newark Memorial High School in the events center starting at 3:45pm PT
on Monday, 3/12. It will also be live-streamed on Rep. Khanna’s official Facebook page
Khanna granted us an exclusive interview ahead of the event, and you can listen to audio of that below...
It’s right there in the text of the second amendment: “a well-regulated militia.”
What vision of “well-regulated” did the founding fathers have? Was it gun show loopholes? The ability of a suspected terrorist who’s on the no-fly list being able to purchase a gun? What about Donald Trump rolling back President Obama’s executive order restricting the mentally ill from purchasing firearms?
How about the fact that those who committed domestic abuse can obtain guns? Or the fact that purchasing sinus medication is more closely monitored than weapons of war? How is this all “well-regulated?”
Since an overwhelming majority of Americans want common sense gun laws, and our politicians in power (allegedly) work for the people, what stands in our way of finally bringing gun sense? The general answer comes to two parts, with every detail adhering to one of the two categories.
Today we look at the cultural or macro level obstacles that stand in the way. Later, in part two, we’ll explore the policy or micro level issues that halt change for the better.
Traditionally, there has always been a very wide enthusiasm gap between the gun fetishists and gun sense groups of people. The National Rifle Association leadership, not the everyday members of the group, but the people running the NRA have done an astounding job of redefining what the second amendment and gun ownership really means.
Since the adults in the room, in every single room it seems, will do nothing but dawdle, the younger generation will step up and take the lead in the fight for gun control. In the wake of the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida, American youth are shattering the widely held stereotypes of millenials in the political arena.
Yesterday Emma Gonzalez just completely destroyed every tired cliche endlessly regurgitated by Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and every other politician in the pocket of the Gun lobby.
You know the drill after every mass shooting- “it’s too early to have a gun control discussion.” That’s what we always hear from the NRA bought GOP congressional leadership in the wake of all mass shootings. Guess what guys?
It’s NOT up to you. It’s up to the survivors, and they tell us when it’s time to talk sensible gun legislation. Gonzalez, and the rest of the Parkland survivors say that it's right now.
The Congressional approach to gun control mirrors the parenting method of Ned Flanders’ beatnik mother:
“we tried nothing, and we’re all out of ideas.”
Of course, it’s nothing by design because so many of our most powerful leaders in Washington are beholden to the National Rifle Association, from whom they receive much of their campaign funding. In fact, the NRA donated $5.8 million to Republican candidates, and just $100,000 to Democrats. Right now, in the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida which took 17 lives, it’s time to both think about how to change the status quo, and take action to help make it happen.
This mass shooting feels different than all the previous senseless disasters. This time, it feels like the enthusiasm gap between the NRA agenda and the rest of us who believe in common sense gun regulation is finally closing.