Actions for Everyone
This week finds us hurting as a nation once more, after another mass shooting occurred in Boulder, Colorado. It’s never easy to write about these events that have become part of the fabric of our society. When will we see change coming from our elected officials? The people who have the power to make the right decisions have constantly failed us.
Gun Safety and race-based violence: I wrote about these bills a few weeks ago but they are still up for a vote in the Senate. The House already passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 and the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021. These bills would expand the cases in which a background check is needed to get a firearm, closing the “Gun Show Loophole” and also close what is known as the “Charleston Loophole”;a gap in federal law that lets gun sales proceed without a completed background check if three businesses days have passed. Congress must address the obvious problem this country has with firearms. You know what to do, call your senators!
And while you’re at it, tell them your support and expect them to vote in favor of the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, which would increase oversight of Coronavirus related hate-crimes, provide support for state and local agencies and provide information about hate crimes to the Asian American community. President Biden supports it.
PBS recently made their series Asian Americans available for free streaming online, you can watch it here.
Covid-19 Vaccine!: It’s increasingly hard to get a Covid vaccine appointment so I thought I could list a couple of resources to even your odds. Vaccine roll outs are happening at a faster rate than the Biden administration anticipated and this is a great thing, but it can get frustrating and after a year of quarantine, our patience is low. But we’re getting there! Slowly but surely. Having vaccine doubts? Check out this cool article by Scientific American.
Vaccine Spotter: This website has a list of every state and it updates every minute.
CDC Vaccine Finder: Search engine for vaccines near you.
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