Tuesday, January 31, 2023


Videos show disparities in Cleveland police response to kids in crisis, Pennsylvania receives federal funds to plug abandoned wells, and grants support 2020 fire recovery for Oregonians.


President Biden says he will meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus on much-needed police and justice system reforms, unresolved legal challenges regarding gerrymandering could have implications for 2024 congressional elections, and a government watchdog reveals fraud and waste tied to pandemic relief aid programs.


"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

Gun Violence Prevention

Monday, January 30, 2023

CA 'Just Safe' Campaign Aims to Redefine Public Safety

Social justice advocates have just launched a new public education campaign. It's called "Just Safe," and it's aimed at changing the conversation …

CDC research shows that proper gun storage could help prevent an estimated 26,000 firearm-related suicides that occur annually in the United States. (vectorass/Adobe Stock)
Gun-Safety Advocates Face Uphill Battle with Indiana Lawmakers

Advocates of gun-law reform face an uphill battle to push their ideas through the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly, but say public …

In 2022, there were almost 4.5 million gun background checks in Illinois, the highest rate among the 50 states, according to FBI background check data. (megaflopp/Adobe Stock)
Illinois Legislature Approves Controversial Ban on Assault Weapons

Illinois has become the ninth state to approve a statewide ban on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. On Tuesday, the Protect …

If approved, the gunshot-detecting technology to assist Portland police would be set up in five city neighborhoods. (MISHELLA/Adobe Stock)
Police Gunshot Detector Continues to Roil Portland Community

Community members continue to voice concerns about gunshot-detecting technology being considered in Portland. At a recent Inter-Faith Peace and …

The New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services' Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative says the number of people killed with guns remained unchanged from 2021 to 2022. It examines data from over 20 police departments in 17 New York counties. (Adobe Stock)
NY Bill Would End NRA’s Ability to Certify Gun-Safety Trainers

A bill before the New York State Legislature would remove the National Rifle Association's ability to certify gun-safety instructors. Under Senate …

According to the Giffords Law Center, guns are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 18. (Adobe Stock)
A Decade after Sandy Hook, Assault-Weapons Ban Demands Continue

On the ten-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a local organization is still working to see a national assault-weapons …

In New Hampshire, firearm deaths have climbed by 5.8% from 2015 to 2020, the 47th largest increase among states. According to the CDC, a total of 128 people died from firearm injuries in the state in 2020, up from 121 in 2015. (Adobe Stock)
Anti-LGBTQ+ Activity Surges; NH Groups Blame Political Rhetoric

Human-rights activists in New Hampshire say the growing number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills at the Statehouse is encouraging right-wing extremists to intimida…

About 23 million businesses have fewer than 20 employees. (supamotion/Adobe Stock)
Locally Owned OR Shops Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Once the turkey feast is over, the shopping season for Christmas begins in earnest. But there's an alternative to Black Friday this weekend: Small …

At least 32 transgender and gender non-conforming people have been killed in 2022, although actual numbers are likely much higher due to under-reporting. (Adobe Stock)
Communities Mourn Mass Shooting at LGBTQ Club in Colorado Springs

Communities across Colorado continue to mourn the deaths of at least five people, after a 22-year-old gunman allegedly opened fire inside an LGBTQ …

Community members work on a peace mural for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. Along with the Boston Public Health Commission, the group offers a Survivors Outreach Services program to deliver coordinated services to families affected by homicide. (Louis D. Brown Peace Institute)
Group Works to Build Peace Out of Despair in Boston

While community activists in some of Boston's south side neighborhoods have declared a state of emergency following a string of fatal shootings…

So far in 2022, there have been 558 mass shooting incidents in the United States, including two in Iowa, according to the Gun Violence Archive. They are categorized as
Second Iowa School District Allows Staff to Carry Guns

Though its campuses have not experienced serious gun violence to date, the Cherokee Community School Board is now the second in Iowa to allow school …

Portland has seen an uptick in gun violence since the start of the pandemic in 2020. (JustSuper/Adobe Stock)
Portland's Gun-Violence List Comes with Hazards, Critics Say

A new proposal to reduce gun violence in Portland would create a list of people likely to cause violence, but the plan has skeptics. Known as the …


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