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What About Tomorrow?>by Marcia Ann Gillespie
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- Activists: The Bottom Line for '99
-Liberte, Egalite, Parite
-NOW Does Hollywood
-Opinion: Abortion and Crime
-Women on the Verge of 2000
-Mexico City's Women Traffic Cops
-Opinion: Guns and Lobsters
-Indian Women Sue Canadian Feds
- Under Fire: The Year of the Gun
 
 

Point, Click, and Fight Hunger Every 3.6 seconds, someone somewhere dies of hunger. You can help stop the clock: go to thehungersite.com and click a button labeled Donate Free Food to send a meal to someone in need. The site, affiliated with the United Nations World Food Program, tracks the number of clicks per day and then sends a bill to one of its corporate or nonprofit sponsors. Since the site's June launch, there have been more than 3 million clicks. But the Hunger Site goes beyond Band-Aid solutions by providing links to a wide range of activist groups that you can get involved in. There's also information about the state of the world's dinner table. So get online and pass the dough.

 
Answer a Call to Protect Got an old cell phone? Send it to Call to Protect, a partnership of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Wireless Foundation, Motorola, and a number of regional carriers. They'll rig it so that it only dials 911 and a local shelter, then get it to a woman at risk who can use it to call for help. Send old phones to Call to Protect, c/o Brightpoint, Technical Services, 5732 West 71st Street, Indianapolis, Ind. 46278.

 
GUN CONTROL NOW Firearm violence is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S. In 1999, there was a historic number of mass murders--all made possible by easy access to guns. On page 27, we show you devastating images from this Year of the Gun. If you want to morph your outrage into action, use some of the organizing tips listed below.
 
THE BELL TOLLS FOR YOU > Start a local chapter of the Bell Campaign, a national network of advocates for a responsible gun policy. Contact the Bell Campaign, National Office, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, Calif. 94110 > (800) RINGING > www.bellcampaign.org. > March for gun control. The Million Mom March will gather mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and honorary moms to march on Washington this Mother's Day (May 14). Sign up by writing to Mother's Day 2000, P.O. Box 1686, West Caldwell, N.J. 07007 > (888) 989-MOMS > www.millionmommarch.com. > Team up with the country's oldest and most powerful gun-control lobby, the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, at 1225 Eye Street N.W., Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005 > (202) 898-0792 > www.handguncontrol.org.
 
PRESSURE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES > We asked activists and policy makers who favor gun control, like Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D.-N.Y.), what the top five priorities should be for presidential candidates in the gun-control policy wars. Here's their wish list:
  • Handguns, like cars, should be registered, and owners should be licensed.
  • Guns, like other products, must be subject to safety regulations.
  • Anyone who makes a purchase at a gun show should have to undergo a background check (this is currently a legislative proposal before Congress).
  • We need a comprehensive ban on assault weapons that goes beyond the 1994 ban, which exempts more than 500 weapons.
  • The minimum age for gun owners should be 21, not 18.

Contact the front-runners (as of press time) in the presidential race and find out where they stand:

 
HELP CHANGE THE LAWS > The bottom line is that we need laws for gun manufacturing--the most unregulated industry in the U.S. Check out the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence for an extensive and up-to-date listing of state and federal gun-control laws, replete with action alerts and links to specific legislators. Reach them at 1000 16th Street N.W., Suite 603, Washington, D.C. 20036 > (202) 530-0340 > www.csgv.org.
 
ROUSE YOUR COMMUNITY TO ACTION > Join Together, a national resource center for communities working to reduce gun violence, suggests a number of locally based activities that are sure to make a difference.
  • Hand out fact sheets on gun violence at concerts.
  • Boycott a local gun manufacturer that sells junk guns (unsafe and cheaply made handguns).
  • Hold a vigil for victims of gun trauma.
  • Hang antiviolence billboards at local community centers.
  • Organize a "Toy Gun Buyback" and encourage children and local retailers to participate. For more ideas, contact Join Together at 441 Stuart Street, Boston, Mass. 02116 > (617) 437-1500 > www.jointogether.org.
 
 
           
     

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