Help turn EveryTown orange… June 2 for Hadiya

Our daughter, Hadiya, was the light of our life — and she shined even brighter after performing with her marching band at President Obama’s inauguration in 2013.Everytown for Gun Safety 

We never imagined that one week later, she would be murdered with a gun — shot at a park near her school in Chicago.

Hadiya’s high school classmates will be graduating next month. While Hadiya won’t get to walk across that stage, her friends are all going to wear orange on June 2 in her honor — and to inspire action to stop the gun violence that takes too many lives in this country. We’re writing to ask for your help.

Pledge to wear orange on June 2 and show that you’re one of the millions of Americans who believes we must do more to end gun violence in our country. People from all over the country will come together online and in person to declare June 2 National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Wear Orange on June 2: Take the Pledge

Hadiya’s friends chose the color orange because it symbolizes the value of human life. Hunters wear orange to alert other hunters that they’re there. It is a way to take care of their own life and the lives of others.

For us, it also represents the enormous potential that is lost when a young person like Hadiya is killed. By wearing orange, we reaffirm the right of every American to live a life free from gun violence.

This day is especially close to our hearts because June 2 would have also been Hadiya’s 18th birthday. We’ll be wearing orange to honor Hadiya and all the love and joy she brought to our community here in Chicago.

Please join us in wearing orange for your loved ones, your city, and our country.

Click below to automatically fill out your pledge, and you’ll receive a reminder to wear orange on June 2 for National Gun Violence Awareness Day: violence touches every corner of America. We don’t have to live in a country where shootings happen every day. If we all stand up together and demand change, we will succeed.

Thank you for being part of this movement with us.


Nate and Cleo Pendleton

Cleo and Nate Pendleton

As a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies, we depend on contributions from supporters like you to fund important work to reduce gun violence.

a Paul Kirkland & Sharna Burgess Creation

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<p>Schedule and instructors announced (as of May 7, 2015…to be updated)Dance FuzionAugust 14-16 Las VegasSharna Burgess, Paul Kirkland, Chelsie Hightowerm featuring Sabrina BryantSeptember 11-13 San FranciscoSharna BurgessOctober 2-4 ScottsdaleChelsie Hightower, Paul KirklandOctober 16-18 SeattleNone announced yetNovember 6-8 MiamiMaksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie HightowerNovember 20-22 OrlandoNone announced yetDecember 4-6 San Diego (overlaps with Sway 4 dates)None announced yetJanuary 15-17 Palm SpringsNone announced yetFebruary 5-7 HonoluluNone announced yetFebruary 19-21 DallasNone announced yetMarch 11-13 AtlantaNone announced yetApril 8-10 New OrleansMaksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie HightowerApril 15-17 VancouverNone announced yetApril 22-24 TorontoNone announced yetApril 29-May 1 MontrealNone announced yetMay 6-8 New YorkMaksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna BurgessMay 13-15 PhiladelphiaMaksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna BurgessMay 20-22 ChicagoChelsie Hightower, Paul KirklandJune 3-5 Grand RapidsNone announced yetJune 10-12 MinneapolisMaksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna BurgessJune 17-19 Kansas CityNone announced yetJune 24-26 Oklahoma CityNone announced yetJuly 8-10 NashvilleNone announced yetJuly 15-17 DenverNone announced yetJuly 22-24 HoustonNone announced yet</p><br />
<p>With Sharna in those spring shows… I don’t think she’ll be on DWTS then. </p><br />
<p>There are only two weekends, towards the end of the season (22!!), where she’s named as being one of the instructors. I’m sure in a pinch she could switch things around, but since they only hired her by the skin of her teeth for Season 19, I’m glad to think she has something to fall back on. Just hope they find the market for this–it’s a high price but I assume they’ve done their research!</p><br />
<p>(imo)they see it, now is the time …there are a lot of orgs like them but they don’t have all the dances dfuzion does…they also have built in PR ! …i do think they probs wouldn’t mind if their fans tell folks about the schedule …i will be. i think they might get more than just wannabe dancers,some who know they need a refresher,get a few good hrs of a diff style… in school you have to take a history of dance class…this is in 3D…awesome

Schedule and instructors announced

(as of May 7, 2015…to be updated) go to the link below for updates

a Paul Kirkland and Sharna Burgess Production

A Great Gift!

August 14-16 Las Vegas
Sharna Burgess, Paul Kirkland, Chelsie Hightowerm featuring Sabrina Bryant
September 11-13 San Francisco
Sharna Burgess
October 2-4 Scottsdale
Chelsie Hightower, Paul Kirkland
October 16-18 Seattle
None announced yet
November 6-8 Miami
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower
November 20-22 Orlando
None announced yet
December 4-6 San Diego (overlaps with Sway 4 dates)
None announced yet
January 15-17 Palm Springs
None announced yet
February 5-7 Honolulu
None announced yet
February 19-21 Dallas
None announced yet
March 11-13 Atlanta
None announced yet
April 8-10 New Orleans
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower
April 15-17 Vancouver
None announced yet
April 22-24 Toronto
None announced yet
April 29-May 1 Montreal
None announced yet
May 6-8 New York
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna Burgess
May 13-15 Philadelphia
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna Burgess
May 20-22 Chicago
Chelsie Hightower, Paul Kirkland
June 3-5 Grand Rapids
None announced yet
June 10-12 Minneapolis
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna Burgess
June 17-19 Kansas City
None announced yet
June 24-26 Oklahoma City
None announced yet
July 8-10 Nashville
None announced yet
July 15-17 Denver
None announced yet
July 22-24 Houston
None announced yet

In the Library … “Injustices” by Ian Millhiser


Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting The Comfortable And Afflicting The Afflicted

InjusticesThey won’t be selling Injustices at the Supreme Court gift shop. Ian Millhiser’s scathing, exuberant indictment of the many misdeeds of the nation’s highest court is a necessary, and highly entertaining, corrective to the mythology that has always surrounded the work of the Justices.”

~Jeffrey Toobin,
Author of The Oath and The Nine

by: ThinkProgress Justice Editor, Ian MillhiserOrder now: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound

Dear ThinkProgress Reader:

For the last five years, I’ve covered the Supreme Court for ThinkProgress. I’ve chronicled the justices’ decision to open the floodgates to corporate election spending, and I’ve reported on the rash of voter suppression laws that followed after the Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. I’ve shared your bewilderment when the Court held that a woman’s choice whether to use birth control could be given to her boss, and I’ve shared your terror at the prospect that the justices could rip health care away from millions of Americans.

Yet, as I explain in Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted, these cases are hardly anomalies in the Supreme Court’s history. To the contrary, the justices of the Supreme Court shaped a nation where children toiled in coal mines, where Americans could be forced into camps because of their race, and where a woman could be sterilized against her will by state officials. The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, and the dead hand of the Confederacy.

Injustices tells the history of the Supreme Court through the eyes of the people that it has hurt the most — the young people stripped of their childhoods, the freedmen forced into peonage, the men and women who will die needlessly if the Supreme Court guts Obamacare. In my coverage of the Court over at ThinkProgress, I’ve strived to provide clarity on what the law provides and how the justices should decide their cases in accordance with that law, but I’ve also strived to reach beyond arcane legal arguments to show how the Court’s decisions shape the lives of millions of Americans. I bring that same ethic to over 150 years of Supreme Court history in Injustices. I urge you to check it out.

Ian Millhiser

Get It Here:
Amazon BarnesNoble IndieBound

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“More than just an indictment of the Supreme Court, Injustices offers a stirring defense of the role government plays in bettering people’s lives-and a heartbreaking window into the lives that are ruined when the justices place their own agenda above the law.”

~Ted Strickland,
Former Ohio Governor and US Representative
Former President, Center for American Progress Action Fund

“A powerful critique of the Supreme Court, which shows that it has largely failed through American history to enforce the Constitution and to protect our rights. With great clarity and poignant human stories throughout, Ian Millhiser has written a book that all who are interested in American government and our legal system – which should be all of us – must read.”

~Erwin Chemerinsky,
Founding Dean & Distinguished Professor, UC Irving Law School

“Ian Millhiser’s Injustices is a powerful reminder that for most of its history, the Supreme Court has erred on the side of protecting the privilege and powers of America’s elites-and that it has so often done so by reading the Constitution upside-down. Millhiser has crafted an indictment of the Court’s treatment of workers, minorities, women, voters, and powerless groups, with a deeply researched grounding in history and the law. His dispiriting conclusion is a powerful reminder of how much the Court matters, and how much more it could be.”

~Dahlia Lithwick,
Senior Editor, Slate

SWAY June 5 & 6, 2015 ::::Read through the info for special offers ::::

Thank you so much for your interest in SWAY: A Dance Trilogy. Without fans like you, who truly appreciate good dancing, we would never be able to create such a production.

SWAY is coming back this summer on June 5th and 6th with three spectacular shows. We will have a Friday evening show (7:30PM), Saturday matinee show (1:00PM) and a Saturday evening show (7:30PM).
It will take place in one of New York Cities finest theaters, the Hammerstein Ballroom.
For those of you who have never been, Hammerstein is a beautiful 12000 square foot, 3 level theater with a capacity of 2200 people and a 32 foot stage.

We are still finalizing details regarding cast and choreography, but we are certain that we are bringing back Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy to this run of SWAY. We have also confirmed some of your favorite lead dancers such as Ilya Vinikovskiy, Vlad Kvartin, Alex Samusevich, and Teresa Garcia.
You know we’re always trying to make each SWAY better than the last, and we are aiming to feature another star-studded cast while making improvements and additions to the choreography. We’re also superstitious and don’t want to make any promises until everything is finalized, but you certainly will not be disappointed.

Tickets will go on sale officially on March 16th, but we are doing a private pre-sale through our studios for our #DWMFAM members. If you are interested in purchasing tickets before they go on sale to the public please provide us with your best contact number and a dedicated SWAY representative will get back to you as soon as possible.

There will be an exclusive meet and greet after each show for Premium VIP Orchestra ticket holders as well as the Official SWAY Afterparty with the entire cast and all the stars for any VIP ticket holders. Meet and greet tickets and after party tickets can be purchased separately, but there is limited availability due to capacity restrictions.
Ticket prices start as low as $69. For your convenience the link to the seating chart is with all price levels. Please let us know the tier of seats that you are interested in.

We hope you can make it to this fantastic production, and share the joyful celebration of dancing that is SWAY.
One more thing, if you live in the Tri-State and have never taken any dance lessons at Dance With Me Studios we will give you a complimentary introductory lesson at a studio of your choice. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity.

Sincerely,Sway Management

Join us June 4: Luncheon at the Westin ~~ RSVP

Join the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility for our 3rd Annual Luncheon: June 4, 12:00pm , The Westin Hotel , 1900 5th Ave, Seattle