Million Mom March Westchester Chapter

Westchester Chapter of Million Mom March is part of a nationwide network of grassroots volunteers working for sensible guns laws to protect you, your family, and your community.

After spending 10 years living in London – a place where the police do not carry guns – I returned to New York City and through a friend, was introduced to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and participated in a number of their fund raisers. Through Brady, I met Donna Dees Thomases, founder of the Million Mom March (MMM), which took place on Mother’s Day 2000 to promote tighter restrictions on guns.  

About 24 hours after watching the devastating news reports of the horrific murders of 20 first graders about 20 miles from my home in Katonah, in a very similar community, I decided to stop crying and try to do something.

I reached out to Donna and asked her how I could start or join a Northern Westchester chapter of Million Mom March. She replied by saying I was the new leader of their Northern Westchester chapter!

My next question to Donna was whether it was open to everyone despite the “Mom” part of the name. She said yes, that it is "only limited to like-minded people" and that the word "Mom" scares politicians because they know women can organize!

My first connection to other like-minded parents came through the Katonah Parents Facebook page – where people had begun posting about what we, as a community could do for improved security at our own schools. So that is where I began, by telling the other members that I was starting this group and I immediately got people volunteering to join.

On Sunday, I set up two Facebook pages – one that is a closed group and currently consists mostly of Katonah parents, but it is open to everyone in Westchester, and a public page for Million Mom March Northern Westchester Chapter. The link for the public page is: www.facebook.com/mmmnw and the link for the group, where people can request to join us, is https://www.facebook.com/groups/473986759313799/ 

We have 40 members already.

Million Mom March works with the Brady Campaign, a nationwide network of grassroots volunteers who work for sensible guns laws to protect you, your family, and your community.

I am currently trying to help spread the word about a Million Child March on Dec on Feb 17 being organised by another New York parent and to find out how our group can assist Brady and MMM. I have signed their pledge to march, which can be found at www.kidsmarch.org  

Million Child March also has a public Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/1millionkidstoDC

I’m currently trying to reach out to our new Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. Please visit our page, like it, share it, and join it!

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Emily December 21, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Count me in the MMM. Enough is enough. Clearly something needs to change. Too many people don't have enough common sense to handle a gun(ie keep them locked up, have them in the house with mentally unstable people) And, even people who do have enough common se sense own could have mental breakdowns and go on a shooting rampage. And by the way- 52% of the country supports stricter gun laws. So, your wrong John.
Rose Rowland December 21, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I'd also love to join your chapter. Will it just be Facebook or in person?
dita von struedel van trappyodel December 21, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Why do people always have to find a gimmick to get their 15 minutes of fame? This tragedy has much less to do with guns than it does the overall moral degradation or our society. How about a MMM for traditional family values?
jo December 21, 2012 at 03:31 PM
so in the UK only the bad guys carry guns.. yikes.............
Bjorn Olsson December 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
And why do gun people always call it a "gimmick" or "politicizing a tragedy" when the the gun debate pops up after every mass shooting. The simple truth is that many people are outraged and want change. No politics, just want all of us to be at least a little safer from guns. Morals are great, let's do that too. Whatever helps just a little bit.
Rose Rowland December 21, 2012 at 04:22 PM
So, moral degradation picked up a gun and shot those children? Jeez, pushback from the NRA before the conference. Don't you gun apologizers get tired of working as unpaid mouthpieces for the gun sellers lobby?
Racman63 December 21, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I applaud you. After posting and screaming on blogs for almost a week now, finally organization is starting. My wife will be there! I will be there. I will spend the rest of my life fighting this fight to end the gun violence and even repeal the second amendment if necessary. Thank You
Julie Meikle December 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Great - please visit the sites listed above and we can communicate through there...
Julie Meikle December 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Thanks for joining - it will be both. Will organize a meeting for early January.
Julie Meikle December 21, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Terrific. Perhaps we can meet and talk through some ideas in early Jan. Do you have a Facebook page yet?
BG7 December 21, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Yes Jo - it makes the criminals very easy to spot. Only the bad guys carry hand grenades also.
SB December 21, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Is there a way to join up without having to join Facebook?
Julie Meikle December 21, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Thank you! Please visit our site and join our group - see both sites listed above as they are different...
SB December 21, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Like the armed guards at Columbine?
Ann Fanizzi December 21, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Remember the march of mothers in Ireland that ended the madness of the IRA and British occupation; remember the mothers that marched in Buenos Aires, Argentina bringing to light the disappearance of their children by the military junta; remember the marches of women all over the world clamoring for peace. Let's do it.
MM CT December 21, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Not on FB but will join! Will look for you, too! Blessings of peace, joy, and love. Marching onward!!
MM CT December 21, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Yes, SB, go to the MMM or Brady website. You can join there, too.
Julie Meikle December 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Yes, absolutely - you can go straight to the Brady Campaign site's MMM page at http://www.bradycampaign.org/chapters/NY There's an option to email the chapter and they will forward it to me and I will contact you by email or telephone.
Julie Meikle December 21, 2012 at 07:35 PM
And importantly, here in the US, Mothers Against Drunk Driving changed drinking laws...
JJ December 21, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Million Mom March Westchester wrote: "Yes, certain UK police have guns, but most of them do not. Not sure how bringing guns into our schools is an answer" First of all, I never wrote about guns in schools. Read my comment again. Second, Please get your facts straight before you start making emotive comments that you WANT to support your agenda. This was a tragic incident and many of us are angry and stunned but you don't help the "cause" but reporting things that simply are NOT true. Stick with facts please.
JJ December 21, 2012 at 07:59 PM
@James Bankhart....thank you for further clarification on the UK issue. It's a minor point but as times goes on many of the "unknowing" will attempt to make that comparison with America. The simple fact is that the UK Police are in fact armed. The difference between the UK and America is that the "society" in the UK tolerates FAR LESS than the manure we tolerate in America. BTW, the police carry "Billy Clubs" and aren't afraid to use them if necessary and the UK population supports their police more than we do. BIG DIFFERENCE HERE.
JJ December 21, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Million Mom March Westchester........ Please understand that many of us support you but I'm really NOT sure what the point is about armed police officers in the UK has to do with anything. That's how you started your blog. So are you saying to disarm the police in America or was that just a bad example to use? BTW, I also worked there so I'm reporting on what I saw.
Blaue Vogel December 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Conservative women wholeheartedly support the 2nd Amendment and teach their kids to do the same. They also passionately support protecting children, especially those in the womb, the most dangerous place for a child to be.
eatingdogfood December 22, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I don't see how this changes or helps anything. There will always be guns. Taking them away from good people is stupid. The only thing this accomplishes is to make the "marchers" feel better about themselves.
Aidan December 23, 2012 at 02:03 PM
"Gun Free Zones are hunting preserves for innocent people. Period."
JJ December 24, 2012 at 01:44 AM
JUST SAW WHERE THE WESTCHESTER JOURNAL NEWS PUBLISHED A MAP WITH ALL THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF GUN PERMIT HOLDERS. I was wondering "if" that will also include the criminals & their addresses out there? NO......we DO NOT do that because that's "profiling."
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Keri Havron December 27, 2012 at 06:24 PM
The NRA isn't wrong or the enemy. Where I attended school growing up, we had a officer on duty all day called a "resource officer" and I'm shocked that no one else has one. I didn't grow up in NY, Detriot, or LA, I grew up in Myrtle Beach, SC were we have officers at our schools and have never had an issue with anything shocking because those men and women stop it before it occurs. They had a positive impact on the school and lives, everyone that went to school there can still remember our officer who was our DARE instructor and was put on trial for using force on a teenager that was stabbing him so the kid go on a rampage through the school. But that scandal never made the major news because it was a crisis adverted which doesn't fill a political agenda. Assault rifles seem like a horrible thing until you need one. Shotguns are more lethal but we won't ban those. Sandy Hook happened by handguns but we want to ignore that. So when a mob of ruthless men is attacking your house to get what you have, your children are inside and there is no help because anarchy has set in so you are left to defend your family, good luck talking/tweeting/petitioning your way out of being looted and murdered. Maybe you can shoot those 20 people with your 10 round clip. Hope they are magical bullets!
SB December 30, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Yikes....South Carolina sounds awful....anarchy (no police).....mobs of men attacking houses....you should get out of there!
Jeff Albert February 14, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Unbelievable how you people against guns and gun violence think that banning guns and making more laws is going to make it a safer place. why don`t you put that energy in to marching to get rid of parole. How about making time spent in prison watching cable tv and working out in a gym to make yourself stronger so you can attack the next victim easier a little tougher. How about marching against violent movies and video games that demoralize and desensitize our youth. How about marching for better mental health care for the ones that need it which are the ones that commit these crimes. Criminals do not care about bans, laws or any such thing because they are CRIMINALS. Take away Americans guns and rights and what will you defend yourselves with against these criminals? They will always have guns. I know there are many millions of guns and evil high capacity mags out there that have never hurt a soul. You Mothers against drunk driving have certainly stopped people from driving drunk, cough cough. Please use rational thought and common sense when promoting marches so it can really make a difference and not make innocent Americans criminals because of irrational thinking.


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