The link between domestic abuse and gun violence ~ Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Take the pledge: stand with domestic violence survivors

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and I want to tell you about the connection between domestic abuse and gun violence. We know that the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed. When domestic abusers kill their families, it’s too often because lax gun laws leave women and children vulnerable to armed abusers. That’s why we’ve worked with half of the country’s state legislatures to strengthen existing laws or to pass new domestic gun violence laws.

But we will never stop fighting to ensure lawmakers pass laws that protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence across the country. Let us know that you’re committed to this battle: Pledge your support and stand with domestic violence survivors.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, available 24/7, for confidential assistance from a trained advocate.

Thank you for your unwavering dedication.

Shannon Watts
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

on this day … 10/24 1940 – In the U.S., the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. 

1632 – Scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, Holland. He created the first microscope lenses that were powerful enough to observe single-celled animals.

1648 – The Holy Roman Empire was effectively destroyed by the Peace of Westphalia that brought an end to the Thirty Years War.

1795 – The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

1836 – Alonzo D. Phillips received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match.

1861 – The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln.

1892 – In New Orleans, 25,000 Black workers strike

1901 – Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.

1929 – In the U.S., investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day is known as “Black Tuesday.”

1931 – The upper level of the George Washington Bridge opened for traffic between New York and New Jersey.

1935 – Italy invaded Ethiopia. American Blacks held mass meetings of protest and raised funds for the Ethiopian defenders.

1939 – Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.

1940 – In the U.S., the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. 

1945 – The United Nations (UN) was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II. The Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.

1948 – The term “cold war” was used for the first time. It was in a speech by Bernard Baruch before the Senate War Investigating Committee.

1949 – The cornerstone for the U.N. Headquarters was laid in New York City.

1960 – All remaining American-owned property in Cuba was nationalized. The process of nationalizing all U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuban had begun on August 6, 1960.

1962 – During the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union. The U.S. blockade of Cuba officially began on this day.

1986 – Britain broke off relations with Syria after a Jordanian was convicted in an attempted bombing. The evidence in the trial led to the belief that Syria was involved in the attack on the Israeli jetliner.

1992 – The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.

2001 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person’s telephone conversation and track people’s use of the Internet. 

2001 – The U.S. stamp “United We Stand” was dedicated.

2001 – NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars. 

2002 – Microsoft Corp. and Walt Disney Co. announced the release of an upgraded MSN Internet service with Disney content.
Disney movies, music and books

2003 – In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

downgrade this instead ~ BossFeed Briefing from Working Washington

We are Working Washington

BossFeed Briefing for October 23, 2017. New figures released last Wednesday showed that Washington State added 17,800 new jobs last month, continuing strong growth since voters raised the statewide minimum wage. Last Thursday, a Senate committee voted to advance nominees for key Department of Labor posts who have themselves been responsible for violations of labor laws. Last Friday it was disclosed that 31 Hanford workers inhaled radioactive materials on the job in June. Election Day is two weeks from tomorrow, and you can check out Working Washington’s endorsements for City Council races in Seattle, Tukwila, and Yakima. BossFeed is taking a few weeks off, but we’ll be back in mid-November, so send us your tips to!

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 Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan got a 25% raise this year.

Three things to know this week:

burrito Bank of America Merrill Lynch has downgraded Chipotle’s stock on the grounds that the company is paying frontline workers too much money. Glassdoor shows that national average pay for Chipotle crew members is less than $10/hour, while Bank of America’s CEO got a 25% pay raise this year to $20 million.

cart Numerous cities and regions have submitted bids to to be the site of Amazon’s new second headquarters, including the city of Calgary, which hung a giant banner in South Lake Union and hired people to do promotional sidewalk chalking around the company’s current headquarters. Amazon required bidders to keep details of their offers confidential, but a new report shows the company has already received more than $1.5 billion in public subsidies for existing facilities across the country.

hourglass More than 7,000 people died last year while waiting for their appeals of denied Social Security disability claims to be heard. Two-thirds of claims are initially rejected, and it typically takes more than 600 days for the government to resolve an appeal by someone who is seeking income support because they are unable to work.


Two things to ask:

house Can’t we do better than this? Seattle nanny Ty Messiah, a leader in the Seattle Domestic Workers Alliance, wrote in The Stranger about why she’s organizing with fellow domestic workers. These jobs rarely offer retirement or other basic workplace benefits.

plug So are we still supposed to think they’re cool? Tesla recently fired several hundred workers at its factory in Fremont, California, replacing them with temps provided by a staffing agency. The mass terminations included several leaders of the Fair Future at Tesla campaign who have been speaking up about safety issues and support unionizing the factory.


And one thing that’s worth a closer look:

pick It can be hard to keep track of all the controversial nominees to various federal agencies this past year, but this piece from ProPublica on former mining executive and now Trump administration mine safety nominee Donald Zatezalo is definitely worth a closer look. During his career, Zatezalo has served as “director of mining operations” and other key positions of responsibility during accidents that resulted in the deaths of four different miners. He was also involved in a case where his company was cited for retaliating against an employee who complained about harassment, unsafe conditions, and other issues at the mine where he worked. If confirmed by the Senate, Zatezalo would be in charge of a division of the Department of Labor responsible for enforcing mine safety, training companies on best practices, and fining companies which violate the rules.


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