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Many states across the U.S. currently have very flexible laws and minimal enforcement for gun licensing. Licensing laws are a simple way to make sure guns are purchased and used by responsible Americans, however the federal government—and too many states—have yet to put many of these smart gun laws in place. Gun licensing has been proven to reduce gun violence and trafficking, and it remains a necessary component to crafting comprehensive, effective gun laws. Another way to save lives is read more…

Posted: December 5, 2018 in: Action Alerts, Curb Gun Violence

When Zero Tolerance Policies were instituted in public schools, the use of suspensions as a disciplinary measure increased. These zero tolerance policies were designed by school districts to increase school safety and were unusually strict. In one instance, an elementary school child was expelled from school because she had a small plastic knife in her lunch box. In another, a 12-year old was handcuffed, arrested, and detained at a New York City Police Department for writing on her desk. The read more…

Posted: November 19, 2018 in: Child Literacy, Child Poverty, school discipline

We need more support for those who speak out about rape and assault, and we must believe in what the victims tell us. Regardless of their gender, income, background or anything else, we must demand that investigations take place and we must punish those who engage in this behavior. The Catholic Church is a good example of a group that is beginning to take responsibility for the rape and assault of our children. Finally this criminal behavior is being made read more…

Posted: October 18, 2018 in: Child Health Care, Criminal Justice Reform

Promise the Children recently wrote about the decrease in public school funding—and the simultaneous increase in the number of students—that makes teaching so challenging today. Fortunately there are many charities that have dedicated themselves to helping with homework and strengthening the literacy skills of our nation’s children, like the Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc., The YMCA, The YWCA and many others. One of our favorite partners focused on literacy is The REAL Program, a charity that works closely with Brickett Elementary read more…

Why is the right to life trumped by the right to bear arms? Those believing in life should consider joining the following organizations. Their 501(c)(4) designations allow them to lobby for stronger control on ammunition and guns. Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence: Today former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords is working to change our culture of accepting gun violence. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: The Brady Campaign focuses on strengthening gun control laws and finding sensible solutions to end gun violence. Coalition to Stop read more…

Posted: September 18, 2018 in: Action Alerts, Curb Gun Violence

Promise the Children is partnering with The Real Program of Lynn to help enable their free children’s literacy program to thrive and flourish! If you’re interested in supporting these efforts, please consider donating to The REAL Program via the Promise the Children website or by purchasing raffle tickets—where you’ll also be given a chance to win prizes! Join Promise the Children in supporting The REAL Program!  Donate Online: Promise the Children PayPal Donation Purchase Raffle Tickets: If you’re interested in purchasing raffle tickets, email rkr@promisethechildrenuu.org and let us read more…

Posted: September 10, 2018 in: Action Alerts, Child Literacy

Children are back in school, and many parents are scared. (Note: This article is about the variation in funding for public schools; our next article will discuss the fear of gun violence.) Parents are afraid for their children who attend poorly maintained schools and learn in underfunded classrooms. Oftentimes there are leaks from ceilings and windows, overcrowding in rooms and hallways, severely limited school supplies and a whole host of additional challenges. Many public school children are not getting the read more…

Kathy Lique and Becky Richardson invite you to drink a toast, eat a bit, and join with friends to celebrate the launch of a partnership between: Promise the Children and The REAL Program When: Friday, July 27th 2018 Where: 58 Winter Street, Nahant, MA, 01908 Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. RSVP: Please RSVP as soon as possible to kmaod@verizon.net or call (978) 922- 6874. Space is limited. Childcare will be provided! The REAL Program and Promise the Children are non-profits that need donations read more…

Posted: July 16, 2018 in: Uncategorized

Prison reform is a frequent subject of discussion in our newsletters, and with good reason. Incarceration for minor crimes, such as drug possession, can break apart families and leave children without parents. Another added problem is that minorities such as African Americans and Latinos are incarcerated at a higher rate than white people. Reforming America’s prison system can create major positive changes for inmates who have committed nonviolent crimes. America can draw inspiration from foreign countries’ prison systems, particularly Scandinavian read more…

Posted: July 2, 2018 in: Child Poverty, Criminal Justice Reform

With summer just around the corner, many children happily anticipate the end of the school year. However, the end of the school year can cause serious problems for lower income children. Schools often provide free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch to children in need. Without schools providing essential meals, children are at risk of going hungry. Despite the three-month break from school, children can still receive meals through programs hosted by organizations and local outreach programs. The YMCA has read more…


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