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  • The Impact of Open Data

    Freely available data from the U.S. Government is an important national resource, serving as fuel for entrepreneurship, innovation, scientific discovery, and other public benefits. According to a recent report, open data can generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value in key sectors of the global economy, including education, health, transportation, and electricity.


  • Taking Action in Honor of National Equal Pay Day

    President Obama signs a new Executive Order to prevent workplace discrimination and empower workers to take control over negotiations regarding their pay.


  • Maria Contreras-Sweet Ceremonially Sworn In as Administrator of the Small Business Administration

    President Obama and Vice President Biden participate in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Maria Contreras-Sweet as the new Administrator of the Small Business Administration


  • El Presidente Obama y el Vicepresidente Biden participan en la ceremonia de juramento de Maria Contreras-Sweet como Administradora de la administración de pequeñas empresas


  • Grassroots Collaboration Overcomes Gun Violence

    Teresa A. Crawford, BA and RN, is retired from a career in health care that spanned more than forty years of service in diverse settings, including a refugee camp in southeast Asia, a rural hospital, an urban trauma center and many critical care units. Currently, Ms. Crawford is the Organizing for Action Nevada State Lead for Gun Violence Prevention and sits on the board of ProgressNow Nevada with special emphasis on organizing in support of legislation that addresses gun violence and media outreach on the toll of gun violence in Nevada and nationally.


  • Young Americans Building Bridges to Eradicate Gun Violence

    Sarah Clements founded and serves as Chairwoman for the Jr. Newtown Action Alliance (Jr. NAA). She is a senior at Newtown High School in Newtown, CT. On December 14, 2012 her mother survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. After the shooting, Sarah began using gun violence prevention advocacy to transform her painful experience into positive action. Jr. NAA is the student branch of the Newtown Action Alliance, and the group focuses on educating, empowering, and collaborating with other Millennials to address gun violence in every type of community, through legislative action, cultural change, and bridge building.


  • Voice for Change

    Pam Simon served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords following a career of two decades teaching middle and high school. On January 8, 2011, while staffing the Congresswoman at a Congress on Your Corner event at a local grocery store, Pam was shot in the arm and the chest. Twelve others including the congresswoman were wounded and six people died on that day. Upon retiring from the congressional office, Pam helped launch the Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Demand a Plan initiative that asked the presidential candidates to offer a plan to reduce gun violence.


  • Gun Violence Prevention: Crisis Intervention Through Mental Health Support Services

    Nosheen Hydari, AMFT, is a crisis therapist for the Emergency Services On-Call team at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). C4 is a leading community mental health agency in Illinois, providing a comprehensive range of mental health services, crisis intervention and substance use treatment to more than 10,000 low-income children, adults, and families each year. In her role at C4, Nosheen provides crisis assessments for hundreds of children and adults in severe psychiatric distress, many of whom are victims and/or perpetrators of violent acts.


  • Everyday Solutions to Help Prevent Gun Violence

    As Director of Advocacy, Mark Barden leads policy and outreach efforts for Sandy Hook Promise and frequently serves as a spokesperson for the organization. Since the tragic loss of his son Daniel, one of 20 first-graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School—along with six educators—Mark has dedicated himself to bringing people together to find sensible solutions that will prevent future tragedies and spare other families the pain of losing a child to gun violence.


  • Texas Gun Sense: Firearms Policy and Advocacy in the Wild West

    John Woods, Ph.D., graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2007, just weeks after the worst mass shooting in American history. As a doctoral student in molecular biology at the University of Texas at Austin, he became involved in the gun violence prevention movement after members of the Texas Legislature tried to use the Virginia Tech tragedy to push an ideological agenda having nothing to do with campus safety: forcing colleges and universities to allow guns in classrooms. Texas violence prevention advocates successfully organized against the so-called “campus carry” bills in three consecutive legislative sessions and several special sessions, despite a majority of Texas lawmakers registering as sponsors of the legislation.


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