74 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook, When Does It Stop?

There have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. That equals an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week.[1]

Courtesy of the Washington Post. This map is of the cities where the 74 shootings place. Note: Blue markers represent incidents in 2014; red markers are for incidents from 2013.

Those numbers are unbearable to write. How is it possible that we’ve watch this unfold weekly and nothing has changed. Perhaps you’ve seen on Facebook the bullet proof backpack or blanket you can buy your child. That’s right, to be a good parent you might have to buy …read more

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose

The war against women’s rights is being waged in many states, but none quite as publicized as Texas. We’ve written about Wendy Davis’s astonishing filibuster and the social media campaign it spurred into action. Now the next generation of #standwithWendy has arrived. A pop up telethon took place on Monday night to raise money for women who were suffering under Texas’ dangerous abortion laws.

The telethon took place for three hours and was accessible via the internet site www.ladypartsjustice.com. If you missed it you can go back and watch it now. You also have the …read more

Georgians on my Mind

As American proponents of same-sex marriage continue to celebrate last week’s victory in the Supreme Court and a recent poll found that 55% of Americans approve the ruling, it’s important to remember that around the globe progress around same-sex couple human rights are moving at varying paces. On May 17th in the country of Georgia a peaceful rally to commemorate the International Day against Homophobia quickly turned violent when a mob broke through a police barrier and attacked participants of the rally. The rally participants were chased through the streets, while the mob threw stones screaming such things as “Don’t …read more

Facebook’s About-Face

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As someone who has consistently received emails asking me to report images on Facebook depicting and encouraging violence against women – only to receive a form reply when I did that Facebook did not agree that these were hate speech – I was particularly happy to see the recent success of Women, Action & the Media (WAM), the Everyday Sexism Project and author/activist Soraya Chemaly this week.

On Tuesday Facebook acknowledged that its systems to identify and remove hate speech “have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate.” …read more

The More You Know: Make your money red too

Money… (Photo credit: jah~)

We vote with our wallets. We affirm organizational missions and business practices over and over again based on where we spend our money. This creeps up suddenly, and while we think we know the image and corporate and social responsibility efforts of a particular company, we can often be mistaken. Among my family and friends we eliminated consumption at retailers like Walmart years ago, and opted for Target instead. Yet, in 2010, when news broke of Target’s giving to an anti-gay political group, we were at a loss, “Wait, we can’t shop at Target now …read more

A New Kind of Red Revolution

Cross-posted from All Things E Is Facebook looking a little red this week? No, the world’s largest social media site isn’t experiencing a communist revolution, it’s coming alive in support of equal marriage.

It all started with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) who gave their normal blue and yellow logo a red makeover on Monday in support of equal marriage as the Supreme Court began hearings Tuesday on California’s Proposition 8. They asked their supporters to do the same:

“Who’s wearing red tomorrow? Show your support for marriage equality — make your profile image red for tomorrow and check out …read more

Video Games for Good

Video games have been blamed for increased violence and bad language in children and young adults. Considering that statistics show youth will spend 10,000 hours gaming by age 21, that’s a whole lot of influence.

A new market of raising awareness for social issues like female genital mutilation and food scarcity through games is growing. Companies such as Games for Change are facilitating the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts. Games for Change is working on “Half the Sky” which is a multimedia campaign that will have games for …read more