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Director Ava DuVernay with David Oyelowo, André Holland, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Glynn Turman, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe at the premiere of her short film August 28: A Day In The Life Of A People.

The film focuses on six significant events in African-American history that occurred on August 28th and will play exclusively at The Smithsonian. August 28 depicts the 1955 lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech during the massive March on Washington and will also look at the 2005 date that Hurricane Katrina made its tragic landfall and the Denver night in 2008 when Barack Obama accepted the Democrats nomination as the first African-American to be a major American political party’s Presidential candidate.

How a Gun Control Petition Went from Tumblr to Washington DC

I created the petition “Immediately address the issue of control through the introduction of legislation in Congress” as a knee-jerk reaction in mid-December of last year. It was a way of gaining control over a situation I had no control over. After the awful extent of the Sandy Hook shootings became clear, I felt disoriented. The mind tends to turn toward blame, but the murder of twenty children and six school officials was, and will always be, a hard thing to wrap my head around.

I knew that if there ever were a tipping point for effective gun control, this would be it. So, I wrote a petition. My primary goal was to appeal to both sides of the debate. Writing an incendiary, partisan petition benefits no one. The vast majority of gun owners are people who have the Constitutional right to own one, several, or many guns, and singling these people out was wrong. Simply put, the petition was intended to start a realistic dialogue about guns and their role in the United States. We have a gun problem, plain and simple.

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This is my old friend Polina Edmunds. We used to skate and play together at Logitech Ice Rink in San Jose, CA until I had quite skating due to some medical problems. Next to her is my former skating Coach David Glynn. He was my second and last coach and taught me everything I know. To think that my former coach has achieved his dream of being a part of the Olympics is nothing short of extraordinary.

I am so proud of both of them and I miss them both. Good luck to both Polina and David. Make us here in the Bay Area proud. Bring home gold.