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  •  I have been working on a diary (7+ / 0-)

    documenting every death of a child (or teen, under 18) by gun violence since Sandy Hook. Doing that research (I also tracked all of the ones I could find from 2012) was exhausting. It also made me realize that the proposals we have on the table now are not going to do much to help these children if we fail to address the other factors that create gun violence, like the ones you mention above. One of the things I would like to see is a national push to enact a program like Operation Ceasefire in every urban area where gun violence is an issue, with full funding from Congress (pipe dream right now, I know, but there's always the midterms....) Operation Ceasefire has been proven the most effective model of reducing urban gun violence, and it is based on a model of community empowerment instead of a top-down, punitive approach.  This is a really good article about it from Mother Jones.

    It's also featured in this documentary-The Interrupters. Cannot recommend it enough.

    I will be putting out the first installment of the diary today, hopefully.

    You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

    by SwedishJewfish on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:57:41 AM PST

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    •  I cannot put into words how much your (4+ / 0-)

      efforts have been a light of hope and admiration. Starting a year + ago with that diary. This is ugly and painful research, you have to be really dedicated and spiritually strong to keep doing it. I have to limit how much time I spend on it. Couldn't read the article in the Post  Heart of the Rockies referenced. Too close to home. As a home care nurse here, I saw it. As a critical care nurse, I saw it.
      My daughter spent a lot of time with a very disabled child of a coworker for years. He has grown from ~9 to 15, semi functional (CP) to so physically disabled he is total care.  Bright, fun kid in spite of the lousy life hand he was dealt. In the last year his mom got custody. She has a drug habit. The dad, friends and others have reported her care to CPS. Somehow she has managed to keep her status and the kid is dissociating into an inner life. He can still play some games and talk, but he is cut off from contact with anyone.

      I like the approach of the links, MoJo is usually very worthwhile and proactive, as I am. Looking forward to your diary. I may just take an extra SAMe to keep the emotional keel functioning. ;)

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:57:08 PM PST

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      •  Didn't realize you were a nurse too :) (5+ / 0-)

        There seem to be a lot of us here. But that is sad beyond words...I cannot imagine having to watch a child deteriorate like that, and being helpless to stop it. When I was doing case management for children with special needs, part of that meant all patients flagged for possible maltreatment were given to me. The MD would file the initial CPS report, but it was my job to follow up, in cases of medical neglect to report that to CPS, document stuff in the chart, etc. It always ended up being more than that though...these kids haunted me. I would wake up in the middle of the night in a panic, the same way you panic sometimes when you don't know if you left the stove burner on at your house. I wouldn't be able to remember if I had done something that I was supposed to do, or if there was something more I should be doing. I was relieved, TBH, when they transferred me.

        Writing and researching is mild compared to what people on the front lines deal with every day. Which isn't to say it doesn't get to me-I have to take breaks every once and a while so I don't burn out.

        The diary I will (hopefully) be publishing tonight is going to be very tough to read. There is no way of sugar coating dead children. The next installment will be even tougher, because it spans an entire month. But they need to have their stories told, and we need to bring  these forgotten kids into the national conversation, or else it really isn't a conversation at all.

        You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

        by SwedishJewfish on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:25:18 PM PST

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    •  I'm glad to hear about Operation Ceasefire. (5+ / 0-)

      I keep going around and around in my head wondering what would actually work to reduce gun violence.

      I'm glad to hear of something that did.

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