Death-December 2, 2015

December 2, 2015

I am supposed to be coding my data for my qualifying exam right now but instead I am texting my husband to tell him about another mass shooting. Another shooting that the FBI refuses to call a terror attack.

See, if it causes terror I am thinking it should be called a terror attack.

I just read about the record number of guns sold on Black Friday.

Shootings are routine in America. We just don’t like to talk about it.

Since Sandy Hook, 10 states have passed 17 laws weakening gun restrictions. This is movement in the wrong direction. Like the completely opposite, wrong direction.

Where is the outrage? Where is the overthrow of our current elected officials who refuse to do nothing? Where is the stampede of angry mothers on the steps of the capitols in every city in every state in this nation? How is it that we aren’t calling for an extreme do over?

How is it we aren’t forcing the collection and buy back for every assault weapon on American soil? Why are we not forcing an all out revolution calling for the immediate closing of every gun store in America that sells automatic weapons?

How is it ok for “AK-47 type weapons” to be the normal choice of killing machine on AMERICAN soil?

Where is the outrage?

Where is the massive call to action?

I believe in a new brand of advocacy where we humble ourselves to our shortcomings and engage in acts of bold, graceful revolution that shines the light on the true reality of peoples lives.

I believe that if we engage people in their own spaces, teach them to look at injustices as moments that touch our own lives, if we give them the knowledge of the power structure, if we give them the tools to infiltrate its membrane, then change will take place in America.

I believe that we must take collective action to stop this madness. I am starting a revolution. Are you with me? If so send me an email. Tweet me a tweet. Commit to engaging in action instead of complaining. Commit to ending the violence and murder taking place on American soil.

Stop Bitching, Start a Revolution


About Melissa Bird

Melissa Bird is a passionate feminist who has turned her education in social work into a career advocating for children, women and their families. She is a fierce believer in preparing women for leadership roles in politics and has a wealth of experience working with policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve access to reproductive health care for women, men and teens. In 2006, Melissa became the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Utah where she quickly took a struggling political organization from mediocre to powerhouse in just a few years. Melissa has written and passed into law six pieces of legislation that aim to help disadvantaged homeless youth find shelter and women and their families obtain unfettered access to reproductive health care. A spirited public speaker, Melissa derives great joy from speaking to groups of all sizes about social justice advocacy, reproductive health, women’s empowerment, and fundraising. Melissa has presented workshops at many conferences throughout the country such as: Planned Parenthood Federation of America-State Public Affairs Network: New Public Affairs Staff Orientation—Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Innovations & Generations Conference—Seattle, Washington Troubled Youth Conference—Snowbird, Utah Child Welfare League of America National Conference—Washington D.C. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center of Mental Health Services Conference-Collaborative Approaches to Successful Transition for Children, Youth, and Families within System of Care—Dallas, Texas Melissa has played many roles throughout her life including preschool teacher, professional lobbyist, university professor, non-profit executive, wife and mother. Throughout her life and her career, Melissa has always held a deep conviction that she is here to empower others in order to improve the lives of women and children throughout the world.
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