Best of Neighborhood News 12/1: Moms Demand Action Minnesota aim to end gun violence

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Shannon Drury of Minnesota Women’s Press reports about the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. It was formed in the aftermath of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and is now an important voice in the movement against gun violence.

“As we spread the word about how to get involved with Moms Demand Action in Minnesota, we hear from moms, dads and grandparents horrified that we have created a world where children have to endure lockdown drills as part of school and preschool life,” Marit Brock, Moms Demand Action’s volunteer chapter director, says. “This isn’t pro- or anti-gun politics. This is a public health and safety issue.”

Read more about Moms Demand Action at Women’s Press.

UMN student group She’s the First sponsors education for girls worldwide

Layna Darling at Minnesota Daily reports that women at the University of Minnesota are raising scholarship money for girls in low-income countries to go to college. The student organization She’s the First is a nonprofit that conducts fundraising events to fund education for girls in developing countries. The national organization was founded seven years ago and has ever since promoted providing equal education for girls worldwide.

In a letter to She’s the First, Janani — an eleventh-grade girl the group sponsors — wrote about how important the organization has been to her education.

“She’s the First has inspired me to fulfill others’ needs before my own,” Janani said. “I am grateful to She’s the First for giving me the confidence I need to freely express my opinions and for supporting me through my education.”

Read more about the organization over at Minnesota Daily.

Students learn critical role of anthropology

Insight News reports that Drs. Kamela Heyward-Rotimi and Rachel Watkins familiarized students at the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center after school program with exercises about race.

Dr. Rachel Watkins (left) and Dr. Kamela Heyward-Rotimi of Anthropologists Go Back to School. Photo courtesy of the American Anthropological Association.

Dr. Rachel Watkins (left) and Dr. Kamela Heyward-Rotimi of Anthropologists Go Back to School. Photo courtesy of the American Anthropological Association.

Both are co-chairs of the Anthropologists Go Back to School initiative for the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the flagship professional organization for anthropologists nationally and internationally.

Watkins says, “(I am) committed to using my research and expertise to engage in interdisciplinary and public discussions about race, health disparities and science as a social practice. This includes speaking to elementary, middle and high school students about anthropology in a way that relates it to social studies and science topics they are covering in their classes.”

Read more over at Insight News.