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May 29, 2018

Parkland Students Convinced Publix Their Long Support of the NRA is Killing Children





WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24:  MSD student David Hogg speaks onstage at March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)
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The Parkland students are continuing to advocate for gun control, one issue at a time, and their efforts are creating real change. The latest proof of that is Publix, a supermarket chain found based in the southeastern United States.
After boycotts and protests on Friday, the grocery store has publicly announced it will stop making political contributions, including those for Florida gubernatorial candidate and proudly vocal "NRA sellout" Adam Putnam. It's all thanks to Parkland'sDavid Hogg and his peers, who spearheaded a protest against the chain with a successful "die-in" at one of the store's locations. 
"Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout," Hogg tweeted on Tuesday in his call to arms to boycott Publix.  
Just a few days later on May 25, students — in partnership with an organization birthed out of the Parkland shooting, Change The Ref — led the protests in Coral Springs, Florida inside and outside the store, with chalk outlines in the parking lot to commemorate the lives lost during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Inside, people staged a "die-in," lying on the floor of two local Publix stores on Friday. Additionally, Hogg put out a call for 12-minute die-in's to occur in various locations that afternoon as well.  The action worked, and Publix released a statement announcing that its donations to political candidates would cease. 
"We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community," the statement read, according to Tampa Bay Times. "We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping experience for our customers. We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve."
The corporation and its leaders have donated $670,000 to Putnam specifically over three years, as reported by Tampa Bay Times. Hogg is also asking Publix to donate $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, though it's not clear if that's going to happen. 

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Read the whole story and the long road of Publix and the NRA. Even the New York Times Exposing the huge amount of money only got them (The Times) bad press. No body wanted to believe or simply did not care until now.
You will also read about 5 other companies that are supporting this orgnization so they feel they don't have to compromize or giv accounts of their behaviour to no one.

April 2, 2018

David Hogg Might Have Brought Down Humpy Dumpy Laura Ingraham With Just One Tweet









At least 11 companies have pulled their advertising from Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s weeknight show The Ingraham Angle after she mocked Parkland shooting survivor and gun reform activist David Hogg for being rejected by several colleges.
Ingraham, who has a history of anti-gay, anti-immigrant and anti-feminist comments, started the Twitter feud by tweeting out a story in the conservative Daily Wire that talked about Hogg being rejected by UCLA and other universities despite having an estimated 4.1 GPA.
David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.) https://www.dailywire.com/news/28770/gun-rights-provocateur-david-hogg-rejected-four-joseph-curl 
Hogg responded by encouraging his nearly 674,000 Twitter followers to contact Ingraham’s advertisers and threaten a boycott. 
Pick a number 1-12 contact the company next to that #

Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers

1.
@sleepnumber
2.
@ATT
3. Nutrish
4.
@Allstate & @esurance
5.
@Bayer
6.
@RocketMortgage Mortgage
7.
@LibertyMutual
8.
@Arbys
9.
@TripAdvisor
10.
@Nestle
11.
@hulu
12.
@Wayfair
In response, Office Depot, Hulu, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Jenny Craig, Stitch Fix, Wayfair, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Paradise Island Resort, and Nutrish, a pet food brand, are all pulling adverts, reports The Hill.
In statements that trickled in throughout Thursday and Friday, the companies denounced Ingraham’s mocking of Hogg, with many characterizing her comments about someone who survived a mass shooting as “inappropriate.”
After advertisers began pulling their support, Ingraham took to Twitter to apologize to Hogg. “On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland,” Ingraham wrote. “For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how ‘poised’ he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.”
Hogg later appeared on NBC News and said he did not accept Ingraham’s apology. He also took to Twitter to demand that Ingraham apologizes for Fox News’ treatment of those Parkland students who have advocated for gun reform measures.
“I 100% agree to an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough,” Hogg tweeted in response to another user’s criticism of Ingraham. “I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight. It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children.”
With just one tweet aimed at Ingraham’s advertisers, Hogg may have seriously endangered one of Fox News’ biggest names — and a known opponent of LGBTQ rights.
Ingraham has a history of making anti-LGBTQ statements and has been criticized for her rhetoric over the years. She has repeatedly referred to providing transition-related health care to transgender youth as “child abuse.” She has also claimed that greater advances in LGBTQ rights might lead to the legalization of incest and the eventual criminalization of anti-LGBTQ religious beliefs, putting anti-gay Catholics like herself at risk of prosecution.
Ingraham has particularly been outspoken about transgender people’s ability to use public restrooms, saying she can’t allow her daughter to use them since transgender people might be present. She has also advised listeners to wear adult diapers in order to avoid trans-inclusive restrooms and suggested that the parents of an 8-year-old transgender student should be “kind of embarrassed” about seeking fair accommodations at school.
Perhaps most troubling was Ingraham’s work as the first female editor of the conservative Dartmouth Review as a college student. During that time, Ingraham secretly sent a reporter with a tape recorder to a campus gay students association meeting, according to Rory O’Connor and Aaron Cutler’s book Shock Jocks. She then used the tape to out the students in print, calling them “cheerleaders for latent campus sodomites,” and sent tapes of the meetings to the students’ parents. She later apologized for her actions.
GLAAD denounced Ingraham’s statements about Hogg, while also calling attention to her past anti-LGBTQ actions.
“Laura Ingraham’s cowardly, public bullying of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is consistent with her vile views including her ongoing targeting of the LGBTQ community,” Sarah Kate Ellis, president, and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement. “From hateful remarks about marriage equality and the transgender community to attacking youth activists and the communities we lock arms with, advertisers must question if they want to be associated with her fringe opinions.”
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March 31, 2018

David Hogg (Parkland Survivor) Rejects Fox News and Ingrahams' Shallow Apology After Advertisers Began Dropping Her as Damaged Goods





Laura Ingraham's giving in to her inner feelings and salutes at the RNC

 A student survivor of a Florida high school shooting has brushed aside a Fox News host's apology after she mocked his university rejections.
Ten companies have said they are pulling ads from Laura Ingraham's programme after 17-year-old David Hogg tweeted a call for a boycott.
On Wednesday, she accused the activist of whining after he said four colleges had declined his applications.
He has been a target of online abuse since last month's attack in Parkland. 
Keeping up the pressure on Friday, David told the New York Daily News: "I would love to see her go."
He tweeted on Thursday night: "I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and me in this fight. 
"It's time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children." 
The teenage activist - who has amassed more than 600,000 Twitter followers since last month's attack - told CNN on Thursday: "She's only apologizing after a third of her advertisers pulled out.
"I think it's great that corporate America is standing with me and the rest of my friends."  
He also rejected her invitation to appear on her show and discuss his gun control campaign.
"I think it's really disgusting, the fact that she basically tried promoting her show after apologizing to me," he told CNN.
TripAdvisor, Expedia, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, Office Depot, Jenny Craig, Wayfair, Stich Fix, Nestlé, and Nutrish have said they will withdraw commercials from The Ingraham Angle.
On Thursday night's show, Ms. Ingraham ignored the boycott.
Laura Ingraham and David Hogg (right)Republican campaign strategist Steve Schmidt praised the teenager.


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 A student survivor of a Florida high school shooting has brushed aside a Fox News host's apology after she mocked his university rejections.
Ten companies have said they are pulling ads from Laura Ingraham's programme after 17-year-old David Hogg tweeted a call for a boycott.
On Wednesday, she accused the activist of whining after he said four colleges had declined his applications.
He has been a target of online abuse since last month's attack in Parkland. 
Keeping up the pressure on Friday, David told the New York Daily News: "I would love to see her go."
He tweeted on Thursday night: "I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and me in this fight. 
"It's time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children." 
The teenage activist - who has amassed more than 600,000 Twitter followers since last month's attack - told CNN on Thursday: "She's only apologizing after a third of her advertisers pulled out.
"I think it's great that corporate America is standing with me and the rest of my friends."


Soooo @IngrahamAngle what are your biggest advertisers ... Asking for a friend.
He also rejected her invitation to appear on her show and discuss his gun control campaign.
"I think it's really disgusting, the fact that she basically tried promoting her show after apologizing to me," he told CNN.
TripAdvisor, Expedia, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, Office Depot, Jenny Craig, Wayfair, Stich Fix, Nestlé, and Nutrish announced they would withdraw commercials from the presenter's show, The Ingraham Angle.
On her Thursday night show, Ms. Ingraham ignored the boycott.
Republican campaign strategist Steve Schmidt praised David Hogg as fearless. 
"This kid's not scared," he said. "He's not scared of the NRA. He's not intimidated and scared by Laura Ingraham."
The furor touched off on Wednesday when Ms. Ingraham posted on Twitter: "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it."
David had mentioned to celebrity gossip website TMZ a day earlier that he had been turned away from four colleges in the University of California system.
A day later - as advertisers joined a boycott - the Fox presenter struck a conciliatory tone by praising David's exam grades.
"On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland," she said.
But a TripAdvisor spokesperson said Ms. Ingraham's original comments "cross the line of decency". 
Wayfair said, "the decision of an adult to personally criticise a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is not consistent with our values". 
"Maybe that's what happens after you've been down range of an AR-15 that kills your classmates and comes close to killing you," Mr. Schmidt told MSNBC, referring to the type of semi-automatic rifle used in the 14 February attack that claimed 17 lives. 
"You lose all fear. Because this kid's not scared. He's not scared of the NRA. He's not intimidated and scared by Laura Ingraham."
On Wednesday, Ms. Ingraham posted on Twitter: "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it."
David had mentioned to celebrity gossip website TMZ a day earlier that he had been turned away from four colleges in the University of California system.
On Thursday, the Fox presenter struck a conciliatory tone, praising David's grades.
"On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland," she said.
But a TripAdvisor spokesperson said Ms. Ingraham's original comments "cross the line of decency". 
Wayfair said, "the decision of an adult to personally criticise a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is not consistent with our values".
Reported by the BBC
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March 25, 2018

This Generation of Students Are Fighting For Their Lives Because NO One Has







Organizer Cameron Kasky of the March for Our Lives was the first survivor to address an emotional and fierce crowd in Washington, D.C. today, warning government officials, “Stand for us or beware. The voters are coming.”
The highly anticipated rally started at noon near the National Mall in D.C., to support survivors and the 17 faculty members and students who died during a Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Singer Andra Day along with students from the Baltimore middle school Cardinal Shehan kicked it off by singing “Rise Up” as the crowd danced. 
After that, Kasky, who was among five leaders of the movement featured on the cover of Time Magazine this week, spoke to the eager crowd.
“The march is not the climax of this movement, is it the beginning,” Kasky said. “Today is a bad day for tyranny and corruption … Today we take the streets in over 800 marches around the world”
The survivors’ plight and ability to express it has resonated with people around the country and world, evoking international support that has been compared to Vietnam War-era resistance. 
People rallying for a March for Our Lives in solidarity of Parkland massacre survivors in Washington, D.C. on Saturday morning. Photo by Michael Rios 
There are sibling marches in Mumbai, Paris, Buenos Aires, Tokyo as well as throughout the country, from a Safeway parking lot in Burns, Oregon, to Wright Square in Savannah, Georgia, Los Angeles and New York.  
Kasky read the names of the people who lost their lives “in less than 7 minutes” and also noted that Saturday is the shooter’s birthday.
Nikolas Cruz, a 20-year-old who had attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, confessed to the shooting and has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He used the same AR-15 rifle, which is designed to fire dozens of rounds in seconds for combat situations, that killed 58 people at a concert in Las Vegas, 49 at a nightclub in Orlando, 26 a church in Texas and 26 at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
A young girl signs a wall at in Washington, D.C. during the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. Photo by Michael Rios

A young girl signs a wall at in Washington, D.C. during the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. Photo by Michael Rios
Organizers are advocating to ban the sale of assault rifles, to prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines that enable multiple rounds at a time and also enforce more rigorous background checks ahead of gun sales.
The next organizer to address the crowd was Alex Wind, who joined Kasky on Time’s cover. 
“People believe that the youth of this country are insignificant,” Wind said. “When Mozart wrote his first symphony, he was 8 years old.” 
MaMaureen Glover made a line of obituaries of more than 200 people who have been victims of school shooting victims dating to the 1960s for the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Photo by Michael Riosureen Glover made a line of obituaries of more than 200 people who have been victims of school shooting victims dating to the 1960s. Photo by Michael Rios

Maureen Glover made a line of obituaries of more than 200 people who have been victims of school shooting victims dating to the 1960s for the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios
His voice crackled as he shouted into the microphone that more than 250 political officials have yet to take a stance on gun rights. 
“Now we need to educate ourselves on which politicians are truly working for the people and which ones we need to vote out,” he yelled. 
For some, the march has demanded of them a level of poise and concentration rarely expected of youth, even as they continue schoolwork and process grief and trauma.
While sipping a banana strawberry smoothie at Panera in Florida this week, organizer Jaclyn Corin, a 17-year-old junior class president who has six essays to write for her Advanced Placement language and composition class, told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s very hard to juggle.” 
It has also provoked more than a dozen businesses including Hertz, Avis and MetLife to cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the country’s biggest lobbies. Major companies such as WalMart and Dick’s Sporting Goods have also taken steps to limit sales of firearms by raising the purchasing age to 21.
The NRA has called the corporate backlash, a “shameful display of political and civic cowardice.” It had not made any statements on Saturday, but in the lead up to the march tweeted a USA Today story about high school students who support gun rights and feel left out. 
Day was among a long list of pop stars including Ariana Grande — whose concert at the Manchester Arena last year was attacked by an Islamic State suicide bomber that killed 23 people — performing. 
“Thank you so much for fighting for change,” Grande said after her performance, before heading into the crowd to take selfies with supporters. “I love you, thank you.”
Day was among a long list of pop stars including Ariana Grande — whose concert at the Manchester Arena last year was attacked by an Islamic State suicide bomber that killed 23 people — expected to attend. 
Other celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg gave thousands of dollars in donations, adding to more than $3 million raised on GoFundMe. 
The attention has invigorated young activists who have been fighting against gun violence for years. But it has also brought into question societal contradictions, particularly related to the support and reception to the Black Lives Matter movement. 
“When black youth were asking for a donation, where was Oprah’s money or where was George Clooney’s?” 11-year-old Basil Mann asked her classmates in Washington, D.C., during a school walkout on March 14 to commemorate the Parkland survivors. 
Washington Post analysis on Wednesday also found that mass shootings at predominantly white schools draw the most attention from journalists, yet 62.6 percent of students exposed to gun violence at school since 1999, the year of the Columbine massacre, were children of color.  “Are they going to arm the person in the mickey mouse costume at Disney?… This is what the NRA wants and we will not stand for it.” – Alex Wind, organizer

Marjory Stoneman Douglas is a predominately white school in an affluent suburb that is not prone to gun violence. And while those privileges do not invalidate the community’s trauma, the movement’s leader Emma Gonzalez has implied that they have contributed to the attention she and other survivors are receiving.
Wind also encouraged supporters on Saturday to be inclusive.
“It’s not about race. It is not about your sex. It is not about ethnicity. It is not about gender. It is not about how much money you make,” he said. “What it comes down to is life or death.”
And the speeches included many young, black people who have also been affected by guns. 
“I am here to represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” said 11-year-old Naomi Wadler. “I represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.”
Yolanda Renee King, 9, who is the granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, also had the crowd chanting with her, “We are going to be a great generation.”
“I have a dream that enough is enough and that this should be a gun free world, period,” King said.
Since the shooting, laws have changed in Oregon, Rhode Island, Florida and Washington. They range from banning bump stocks to raising the age for purchasing rifle to 21-years-old. 
Other actions, like a federal bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on the day of the national walkout, are less connected to the movement’s goals.
The “Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018” would authorize $50 million annually in grants to strengthen school security as well as train students and teachers to be more aware of potential threats. 
But the survivors do not support increased security, which youth of color can perceive as a direct threat to their safety.
“Are they going to arm our pastors and rabbis?” Wind asked. “Are they going to arm the person in the Mickey Mouse costume at Disney?… This is what the NRA wants and we will not stand for it.” 
This is a developing story and will be updated.

 
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