true toll that gun violence takes

In the first six months of 2017, how many gun violence incidents were reported in the U.S.? 23,549; 27,967; or 30,776?

It’s astonishing to learn that the odds of dying from a gun homicide in Japan are approximately one in 10 million, roughly the same likelihood of an American being killed by a lightning strike. This fact is so surprising because here at home, gun violence is a constant. It’s relentless. It’s an everyday nightmare made all the more heartbreaking – because we know it’s preventable if we take the proper steps.

Last year alone, there were more than 58,000 gun violence incidents in the U.S. – and nearly 3,800 of them involved a child or teenager being injured or killed. More than 40% of Americans know someone who has been shot – that’s 128 million people with firsthand experience of this ongoing crisis. The gun lobby’s response to numbers like these? Deny and downplay them, because that’s the best way to push their agenda in Washington, D.C.

The gun lobby wants us in the dark when it comes to understanding the true toll that gun violence takes on our communities nationwide. But we can’t let them control the conversation. Will you take our quick quiz below to see how much you know about the extent of the gun violence crisis in the U.S.?

the Schedules That Work Act

We are Working Washington

Secure scheduling just might go national: More than 100 members of Congress have signed on to sponsor the Schedules That Work Act, which would provide more stable and predictable schedules to workers across the country. Click here to ask your members of Congress to support the bill — or thank them for their support if they’ve already signed on. 

Get this: there’s actually a positive development out of Washington, D.C.   Several key senators and representatives have introduced the Schedules That Work Act, a proposed federal law that looks a lot like the breakthrough secure scheduling ordinance we passed in Seattle last year. It recognizes a basic fact that’s been overlooked for far too long: workers are people, we have lives, and our time counts, too.

The Schedules That Work Act would provide more stable and predictable schedules to workers across the country by ensuring:

  • Two weeks’ notice of your schedule
  • Minimum “report pay” if you’re sent home early from a scheduled shift
  • Right to request input into your schedule
  • And more…

Tell your members of Congress to support stable & predictable schedules for workers across the country by signing on to co-sponsor the Schedules That Work Act. 

Look, I get it. The balance of power at the moment doesn’t seem all too friendly to advancing workers’ rights.

But that’s not forever.

And workers have made progress before in situations that probably didn’t look all that promising either. The Americans with Disabilities Act passed Congress in 1990 with a near-unanimous vote from members of both parties. The last federal minimum wage increase was passed by a Democratic Congress and then signed into law by a Republican president. Here in Washington State we just passed paid family leavethrough a sharply divided legislature.

We can make secure scheduling happen too.

I’m not going to pretend that it’s a slam dunk. And I’m not going to pretend that this one email on its own is going to make it happen. It’s obviously just a first step, and you’re obviously smart enough to know that.

But it is a step forward. And we do have momentum on our side. Since we passed the landmark Seattle secure scheduling law last year, we’ve seen movements spark up across the nation. New York City workers won a similar law earlier this year. Oregon just passed a statewide version this summer. A new proposal was just introduced in Chicago. And more.

We can harness this momentum and grow the movement by pushing to advance secure scheduling laws at every level, from cities and states to the halls of Congress — because every worker has a right to know when they’re going to work and how many hours they’re going to get.

Your message to Congress keeps us moving forward.

Click here to send a message today.

Thanks for your support,
Sage, Working Washington

on this day 7/17 1945 – U.S. President Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II. During the meeting Stalin made the comment that “Hitler had escaped.” 

1212 – The Moslems were crushed in the Spanish crusade.

1453 – France defeated England at Castillon, France, which ended the 100 Years’ War.

1785 – France limited the importation of goods from Britain.

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered to the British at Rochefort, France.

1821 – Spain ceded Florida to the U.S.

1862 – National cemeteries were authorized by the U.S. government.

1866 – Authorization was given to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. The three-year project cost $512,709.

1867 – Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston, MA. It was the first dental school in the U.S.

1898 – U.S. troops under General William R. Shafter took Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

1917 – The British royal family adopted the Windsor name.

1920 – Sinclair Lewis finished his novel “Main Street.”

1941 – The longest hitting streak in baseball history ended when the Cleveland Indians pitchers held New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hitless for the first time in 57 games.

1941 – Brigadier General Soervell directed Architect G. Edwin Bergstrom to have basic plans and architectural perspectives for an office building that could house 40,000 War Department employees on his desk by the following Monday morning. The building became known as the Pentagon.

1945 – U.S. President Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II. During the meeting Stalin made the comment that “Hitler had escaped.” 

1946 – Chinese communists opened a drive against the Nationalist army on the Yangtze River.

1950 – The television show “The Colgate Comedy Hour” debuted featuring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

1954 – The Brooklyn Dodgers made history as the first team with a majority of black players.

1955 – Disneyland opened in Anaheim, CA.

1960 – Francis Gary Powers pled guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.

1966 – Ho Chi Minh ordered a partial mobilization of North Vietnam forces to defend against American air strikes.

1975 – An Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit. It was the first link up between the U.S. and Soviet Union.

1979 – Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza resigned and fled to Miami in exile. (Florida)

1986 – The largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history took place when LTV Corporation asked for court protection from more than 20,000 creditors. LTV Corp. had debts in excess of $4 billion.

1987 – Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and rear Admiral John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress at the “Iran-Contra” hearings.

1995 – The Nasdaq composite stock index rose above 1,000 for the first time.

1997 – After 117 years, the Woolworth Corp. closed its last 400 stores.

1998 – Biologists reported that they had deciphered the genome (genetic map) of the syphilis bacterium.

2008 – In China, construction of the Shanghai World Financial Center was completed.