After last week's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, many people have raised the issue of the National Rifle Association's longstanding undermining of comprehensive gun control policies at the federal state and local levels. WIthout a doubt, the NRA is a major player in supporting policies that allow for viturally unfettered access to a range of weapons, that are not just about hunting and gaming of animals.

The Scranton Women's Leadership Center (SWLC) will be holding a peace seminar in Seoul on July 27-August 4, 2013. U.S. college women (ages 18-30) will be joining 50 other college students from Korea, Japan, China, and other Asian countries. The purpose of the seminar is to learn about peace issues in Northeast Asia as it relates to the United States and the world, and gain an understanding on the historical context of peace.

Participants will get a chance to enhance their leadership skills on peace, build a global network and become life-time peacemakers.

Two marathoners from Canada were the first volunteers to show up to begin sorting through the donations that had taken over half of our office.  That was the beginning of the over 300 people who came to our doors today to donate and to volunteer.  Over 100 people called the office today and we were able to send 15 cars to Far Rockaway, Gowanus, Coney Island, Red Hook, LES, Staten Island, and Sunset Park.  
The supplies that are still needed urgently now are:
- blankets
- cleaning supplies and materials
- workman gloves