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NASW Ohio response to mass shooting in Dayton

Sunday, August 11, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Danielle Smith
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NASW Ohio response to mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso, and so many other locations.

The two acts of domestic terrorism over the weekend have left staff at the NASW Ohio Chapter deeply shaken by grief. They say grief is love with nowhere to go, but we refuse to stay stuck. Cornel West reminds us that justice is what love looks like in public, so we roll up our sleeves.


We see those of you who are turning to activism in your mourning. We also see those of you choosing to pause, reflect, and practice good care for yourselves and each other. These reactions are not in conflict with each other. Both are necessary in the work for justice. For those who are feeling stuck, we offer the following list of ways to take action and help victims in that spirit of grief, love and justice.



- Urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Bipartisan Background Checks Act to the floor for a vote so all Senators can go on the record and show whether they are willing to take commonsense action now against gun violence.


- Keep the pressure on Governor Mike DeWine to #DoSomething to enact common sense gun safety policies in Ohio with particular emphasis on policy that reflects the connection between gun violence and family violence, white supremacy and misogyny. In Ohio, there is currently no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual in Ohio. There is also no limit for handgun magazine capacity and no mandatory waiting period for handgun purchases.


- Hold your state representative and senator accountable to protecting Ohioans from gun violence. The Ohio legislature has shown little to no leadership when it comes to gun safety in Ohio, rather prioritizing legislation that makes it easier to own and carry firearms throughout the state. Hold your state legislators accountable by continuing to demand action.



- Love yourself, your friends, your families and your community. Check-in. Listen. Offer care and hold each other accountable.


- Demand comprehensive social and emotional support services in schools (including full-time school social workers) to assess and address high risk behavior early and often. The ideal ratio for school social workers to students is 1:250, but no Ohio school has come close to meeting this standard.


- Stomp stigma at every opportunity. Folks living with severe and persistent mental illness are much more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than a perpetrator. White supremacy and gender-based violence are different from mental illness. While access to mental health treatment is crucial and should remain a priority, we must not scapegoat folks with mental illness for failures of society.


- Donate to the Dayton Foundation’s fund for the survivors and families of the victims. Here>>


Brandi Lewis says...
Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2019
So true to hold state legislatures accountable. Thank you and love the Cornel West quote.

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