skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

On World AIDS Day, New Mexico activists say more money is needed for prevention; ND farmers still navigate corporate land-ownership policy maze; Unpaid caregivers in ME receive limited financial grants.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges Israel to protect civilians amid Gaza truce talks, New York Rep. George Santos defends himself as his expected expulsion looms and CDC director warns about respiratory illness as flu season begins.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

Giving MN Kids a Voice on Addressing Gun Violence

play audio
Play

Monday, July 17, 2023   

Minnesota children are in summer vacation mode, but some are taking time to call attention to how they and their peers have been affected by gun violence.

This Wednesday, more than 1,000 students will march to the state Capitol for a rally as part of the Children's Defense Fund's National Day of Social Action.

Tim Cryer, youth development senior manager for CDF's Minnesota chapter, said gun violence is a key focus this year as more troubling statistics emerge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that firearms are now the number one cause of death for children and youth.

Based on his group's outreach, Cryer said it's apparent that not feeling safe is weighing on the minds of kids.

"There's an anxiety and a fear that they live with every day," said Cryer, "due to gun violence across the country that they see - but also in their own communities."

Organizers say the event will encourage kids to be more outspoken on this issue in a way that's not intimidating for them.

Political divisions are still a major roadblock in finding ways to stop gun violence in the U.S. But Cryer said he sees hope, with Minnesota Democrats this year pushing through a "red flag" law and expanded background checks. Those efforts were opposed by gun rights advocates.

Cryer said as they try to engage with kids on this topic, the idea is to give them a way to channel their anxiety.

"What does it look like to protest?" said Cryer. "What does it look like to use your voice? Something that they can put their energy to, that they can get excited about with their peers - how that helps them feel like they are part of the solution, and not just victims."

Kids taking part in the event are aligned with CDF's Freedom Schools program and will provide examples of how gun safety issues affect their mental and physical well-being, while at the same time demanding they grow up in communities free from threats of gun violence.



Disclosure: Children's Defense Fund- Minnesota Chapter contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy & Priorities, Children's Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
The Economic Policy Institute found the number of child labor law violations increased from 1,012 in 2015 to 3,876 in 2022. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A bill in Congress with a Connecticut House sponsor aims to reduce child labor in the United States. Called the "Children Harmed in Life-Threatening …


Social Issues

play sound

As the opioid crisis continues, more New Hampshire grandparents are seeking financial help to raise their grandchildren. Already struggling with the …

Social Issues

play sound

As of Jan. 1, insulin will become a lot more affordable for many Nebraskans, and those who have come to rely on telehealth visits are more likely to …


Extremes of hot and cold weather have taken their toll on a concrete barrier along Binghamton's Riverwalk. Concrete crumbles between the stones of the wall in upstate New York. (Chet Wiker/Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Some state and local lawmakers are on a long list calling on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to require big oil companies to help offset the costs of …

Environment

play sound

Utilities and government agencies in the U.S. are carrying out plans to transition to cleaner electricity sources. To avoid being left behind…

More than 45,000 Washingtonians are diagnosed with diabetes each year, according to estimates. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

November has been Diabetes Awareness Month - but heading into the holidays, people who are diabetic know they can't lose their focus on keeping it in …

Environment

play sound

Conservation groups are celebrating a long-fought battle to protect the dwindling population of wolverine in the Northwest and northern Rockies…

Environment

play sound

As world leaders gather in Dubai for the international conference on climate change, the City of Long Beach is acting on multiple fronts to help the …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021