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Looking for a few good moms : how one mother rallied a million others against the gun lobby
Dees-Thomases, Donna.
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[Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed to the book trade by St. Martin's Press, [2004]

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xxiii, 248 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
Fertility -- Conception -- First trimester -- Paternity suits -- Second trimester -- Midwives -- Third trimester -- Labor pains -- Delivery -- Afterword: postpartum -- Appendix 1: Recipes for a revolution -- Appendix 2: Just the facts, Mom: a gun-issue primer.
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In the summer of 1999, Donna Dees-Thomases was busy juggling the demands of two young children and a TV job promoting comedy gags. But one day she learned about a shooting, and in the space of just a few hours, everything in Donna's life changed. . . .

She decided to round up mothers--a group even more formidable than the gun lobby--to show Congress that mothers care about the gun-violence epidemic in America. She called her as-yet-unborn movement the MILLION MOM MARCH, even though she was, at the time, launching a revolution of one. In an astonishingly short 9 months, on Mother's Day 2000, Donna fulfilled her mission--and made history--when she was joined by nearly a million other mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends who were determined to let our government know that the time for enacting sensible gun laws is now. Not even the great marches of the Civil Rights movement drew as many people as the MILLION MOM MARCH. How did one mother get the attention of our government-and the world? Looking for a Few Good Moms shows how we all can make a difference if we are willing to take a stand.

Author Notes

Donna Dees-Thomases is a public relations consultant who lectures frequently on grassroots organizing. Currently she is a consultant for the Million Mom March United with the Brady Campaign
Alison Hendrie is a writer whose feature stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times and the New York Post, as well as Parents, Parenting, Fitness, and other national magazines. She lives with her husband and four children in Croton-on-Hudson, New York

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"So much gun violence surrounds us, and unless we're caught in the crossfire, most of us don't pay much attention to it," writes Million Mom March founder Dees-Thomases in this call to arms (so to speak) for sensible gun laws. For the author, the decisive moment was watching children the age of her own two daughters shot at in a California Jewish Community Center summer camp in August 1999. Dees-Thomases's decision to structure her story month by month around the birth of the Million Mom March, which took place on Mother's Day 2000, just nine months after she conceived it, gives too much weight to old political battles, as do her rebuttals to NRA criticisms that she was disingenuous in describing herself as "a suburban housewife." As the NRA noted, and Dees-Thomases affirms, she was in fact a former publicist for CBS newscaster Dan Rather, worked for two senators and was a sister-in-law of Hillary Clinton's best friend, Susan Thomases. Despite these quibbles, it's hard not to be moved by the personal stories, intertwined within the larger tale of the birth of a movement, of ordinary women, and some men, who joined the March after losing their children to gun violence. Their moving stories of teenagers killed at the first day of work or by classmates in school shootings put a human face on statistics like "80 people are shot in the U.S. every day," as do profiles of gun control activists such as Sarah Brady and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. Agent, David Kuhn. (May) Forecast: The book's release coincides with the second Million Mom March, and will be promoted on the event's Web site. Features in Parents and Essence magazines, as well as tie-ins to author appearances in several U.S. cities, will set off sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Chapter 1 Fertilityp. 1
Chapter 2 Conceptionp. 25
Chapter 3 First Trimesterp. 47
Chapter 4 Paternity Suitsp. 71
Chapter 5 Second Trimesterp. 89
Chapter 6 Midwivesp. 111
Chapter 7 Third Trimesterp. 127
Chapter 8 Labor Painsp. 155
Chapter 9 Deliveryp. 179
Afterword: Postpartump. 201
Appendix 1 Recipes for a Revolutionp. 205
Appendix 2 Just the Facts, Mom: A Gun-Issue Primerp. 221
Indexp. 237