markruffalo:

genprogress:

This year, students at the University of California Santa Barbara voted to divest their university’s endowment away from the gun industry. |  Common-sense gun legislation won throughout the country in 2014.

2014 was a great year but I’m looking forward to seeing more of this in 2015.

Big thanks to Mark Ruffalo for helping to share the great news about the student movement to #divestguns!

markruffalo:

genprogress:

This year, students at the University of California Santa Barbara voted to divest their university’s endowment away from the gun industry. |Common-sense gun legislation won throughout the country in 2014.

2014 was a great year but I’m looking forward to seeing more of this in 2015.

Big thanks to Mark Ruffalo for helping to share the great news about the student movement to divestguns!

Students Rising Up!

Students Rising Up!

Congratulations to the University of California, Santa Barbara students and their peers at UC, Irvine! Both student governments recently voted to pass a resolution demanding the $88 billion university endowment be completely divested from the gun industry.

Student resolutions at both schools named three publicly traded gun companies (Smith & Wesson, Sturm Ruger, and Olin), Cerberus Capital Management (owner of Freedom Group, maker of the assault weapon used in the Sandy Hook School massacre in December 2012), and Cabela’s (a firearms retailer and major donor to the NRA).

The resolutions further demanded transparency from the university’s Chief Investment Officer about past investments in the gun industry, and a formal ban on investments in these companies in the future.

“I grew up in a community where children and families of color disproportionately suffer from gun violence,” said Paola Dela Cruz, the student senator who introduced the resolution. “As I transitioned into college, my new community was faced with a gun violence tragedy. I am proud of the UCSB Associated Students Senate for passing this resolution and taking a positive step towards preventing gun violence.”

Read Bob Weiss’s (father of Veronika Weiss, who was murdered in the Isla Vista Shooting) statement to the University of California on why it should divest.

For more on the movement to DivestGuns from college endowments, go here.

Read our press release and the resolution passed by AS Senate at UCSB.

Father of Murdered Student to the University of California: “Divest now!”

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To honor classmates murdered in the Isla Vista Shooting, students at the University of California – Santa Barbara took a bold stand against gun violence and voted to ban investments in the gun industry.

The following is a statement from Bob Weiss, the father of Veronika Weiss who was murdered in the shooting. It was read at the Associated Students’ vote by UCSB student, Sydney: 

On the evening of Friday, May 23rd, my daughter and 2 friends were walking back to their Sorority House from dinner in Isla Vista.  A troubled young man with 3 guns and 400 rounds of ammunition pulled up to the curb in his car, unrolled his window and fired 17 shots at the three girls.  Katie was shot in the eye and died almost instantly. 

Veronika was hit 7 times. The bullet that killed Veronika entered the side of her chest and traversed her upper body, destroying both her lungs and heart. She died about 15 minutes later, drowning in her own blood. 

Bianca, the third student, sustained several wounds, fortunately, none lethal.  She survived.  

The agony of losing our beloved daughter is constant and unbearable. Our lives will never be the same. The pain is indescribable and relentless. Our lives are shattered. 

As parents of a victim of a gun violence murder at a University of California it sickens us that the University could be invested in firearm manufacturers.

With over 30,000 gun-related deaths every year and school shootings occurring almost monthly, the gun industry has blood on its hands.  The University of California should act as a leader and ban investments in the gun industry. Divest now!

We Won! Jay Leno Cancels Appearance at Gun Industry Trade Show

We Won! Jay Leno Cancels Appearance at Gun Industry Trade Show

A brief campaign by three gun violence prevention groups — Campaign to Unload, Newtown Action Alliance, and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence — succeeded in convincing Mark Twain Award-winning comedian Jay Leno to pull out of a planned performance at the gun industry’s largest trade show. Congratulations to all the activists who pressured Mr. Leno via our petition and social media. Your voices were heard!

From Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy:

Update: Late Wednesday, Jay Leno said in a brief phone interview that he had called the National Shooting Sports Foundation to cancel his scheduled performance at the SHOT Show. He also said that he’d spoken with Po Murray of the Newtown Action Alliance to let her know. “I understand it’s Newtown, and of course I get it,” Leno told Mother Jones. “It’s just sometimes, mistakes get made.”

Campaign to Unload’s statement: “I’m grateful that Jay has seen the NSSF for what it really is: a corporate lobbying group that puts money over morality, no matter how many families are destroyed by its products,” said executive director Jennifer Fiore.

Here’s the original petition: Tell Jay Leno: Cancel Your Appearance at the 2015 SHOT Show

3 Very Scary Facts about the Gun Industry that Should Have You Spooked

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Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes via Flickr

Even though it’s Halloween, this could be the scariest thing you read all day:

1. The gun industry is profiting from gun violence.
Often after mass shootings, gun sales rise. The gun industry is making money from our tragedies.

2. Congress has failed to pass common-sense gun laws that would help make our communities safer and the gun industry is to blame.
Every year, millions of dollars are funneled to the NRA by irresponsible gun companies to block gun reform – companies like Sturm Ruger, Smith & Wesson and Olin. Even Cerberus, who said it would sell its stake in Freedom Group, failed to keep its promise and even appointed executives who finance ads which attack Connecticut Governor Malloy for fighting to enact gun safety measures.

3. Your money may be helping to fuel the gun violence epidemic in the US. 
Many individuals, pensions, and university endowments are invested in these irresponsible gun companies. You could be helping to fund the industry profiting from violence and not even know it.

Young Americans are paying the price for weak gun laws. Stand up to the gun industry by taking action NOW: 

  • Support students who are demanding their universities stop investing in gun violence
  • Check out our toolkit to learn how you can take action on your campus
  • Join the conversation on Twitter by using the DivestGuns hashtag
  • On November 4th vote for candidates who believe in common-sense gun reform

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Take Action at the UC Divestment Campaign Page

Students at the University of California Santa Barbara, in honor of their fellow students murdered and injured in Isla Vista, demand from the University of California transparency of its $88 billion endowment and a ban on all future investments in the gun industry. Pledge to stand with UCSB.