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Million Moms Chalk Maplewood, South Orange

Residents report chalked sidewalks with a message for the new Congress

One Million Moms for Gun Control has brought their messages to the streets and sidewalks of South Orange and Maplewood, chalking slogans on sidewalks aroun the community.

The Indianapolis-based advocacy group is, according to a release, "leveraging the collective power of mothers across the country through social media to demand action on gun control legislation the first day of the new 113th Congress on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013."

As part of the campaign, which supports new and strengthened gun control laws, as well as the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, mothers across the country write the slogan ‘Moms Demand Action’ and sign it with a heart and 1MM4GC, the acronym for One Million Moms for Gun Control, on sidewalks in front of their homes, train stations, schools and other public places.

Locally, residents saw the sidewalk messages throughout the South Orange-Maplewood community, including a number of spots on Valley Street and in front of Columbia High School.

Nationally, group members or supporters are changing their Facebook profile pictures to the One Million Moms for Gun Control logo; inviting 26 friends to join One Million Moms for Gun Control’s Facebook page in honor of the 26 Sandy Hook victims; and to Tweet using the hashtags #momsdemadaction, #momsforguncontrol and #1MM4GC.

Founder Shannon Watts established the group in the wake of the . Coincidentally, Thursday was the first day Sandy Hook Elementary School students returned to class since the event.

“Mothers simply won’t stand for any delay or political antics that keep new laws from being introduced and voted on by the House and Senate," said Watts. "If these legislators fear the National Rifle Association, just wait until they’ve felt the pressure of millions of angry moms."

Have you seen the chalk slogans? Have you participated in the movement? Tell us in the comments.

Common Cents January 03, 2013 at 11:11 PM
I think writing this on property for which homeowners are responsible is pretty arrogant, especially during winter months when we cannot somply hose it off for fear of it freezing and causing danger of injury to our neighbors. Whoever is doing this could better spend their time writing letters on paper not on property.
STEPHANIE VOLIN January 04, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Arrogant is a pretty strong word to describe what these people are doing. Misguided at worst, but their intentions were good. Speaking of time NOT well spent: anyone blowing a gasket over this or fretting about how to remove the "vandalism." Utterly ridiculous.
Barbie January 04, 2013 at 12:56 PM
What if I don't share the views of those writing messages in front of my property? My opinion and views should be respected also. In a world that loves to spew out 'tolerance' why can't those sentiments be reciprocated? I have to be careful not to 'offend' anyone, but groups like these never seem to consider the feelings of others, they only care about their own agenda. Why not knock on the door and inform home owners of what they are doing? Or at least ask if homeowners wouldn't mind? I'm sure the high school would not be thrilled if I chalked out a Christmas chalk mural on the sidewalk surrounding the school. So why is it ok to chalk out messages pushing others agendas?
Barbie January 04, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Agreed! They should respect home owners of which they chalk post.
STEPHANIE VOLIN January 04, 2013 at 02:26 PM
That "message" hardly pushes an agenda. 99% of the people who step over it would have to google search it to figure out what exactly is "being pushed." it's a heart and a website. Get over it. as for your dubious HS/Christmas mural comparison, I highly doubt that if one were to appear on the sidewalk in front of the school, that school administration would call the artist a "vandal" or take any heroic actions to remove it other than letting the next rain shower wash it away.
Arrogance is Nice January 04, 2013 at 03:01 PM
So your front walk is open for various written political commentary? How big of you.
Alex C January 04, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I wonder if these are the same moms that, because some people choose to drive drunk, decided that millions of legal adults should not be allowed to consume alcohol. Or the same moms who, because some 18 year olds smoke cigaretts and are still in high school, decided that no legal adults aged 18 in NJ should be allowed to decide for themselves that they want to use tobacco. Guns aren't the problem, mental health is. Gun control is not only illegal, it is impractical.
Barbie January 04, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Well said Alex!
STEPHANIE VOLIN January 04, 2013 at 06:28 PM
I can barely understand the point of this ^ ^ ^ comment. And yet someone v v v thinks it is well said! Life is so wonderful that way!
STEPHANIE VOLIN January 04, 2013 at 06:39 PM
yes, Arrogance is Nice: I don't think that I could patrol the public sidewalk in front of my house 24/7, so I suppose it is open for someone to scribble some political commentary on it. I may even exercise that right myself today. hmm, what SHALL I say.... in the meantime, take a look at the photo above one more time, okay? Certain get-off-my-lawn hysterics are acting as though a swastika has been etched onto THEIR property with acid or a flamethrower. Hose it off and quit wringing your hands over the supposed atrocity. if you still really feel so distraught over it, have a camera installed.
Gertrude January 04, 2013 at 07:16 PM
When people with mental health problems have access to guns, guns are a problem. In a war zone, yes, people may want guns for protection. The people who are pro gun control want to steer our society away from that war zone vision, which a lot of people sadly have. High capacity devices - does the average gun owner know how to use this outside of a shooting range? And culturally, esp pro gun control people, please just stop going to these ridiculously violent movies, over and over spewing out the same violent hero/ani-hero - how could one mark this as an enjoyable way to spend your free time? What a different vision I have for life with my children.
Barbie January 04, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Once again it seem that some feel only their opinions count. Whether or not someone concurs with a persons statement that's the individuals opinion. Just as you have a right to voice your aggressive retorts. Others have the right to agree or state that something 'said'. Good day!
Million Moron Moms January 04, 2013 at 08:59 PM
"Hose it off"? It's 30 degrees outside genius.
STEPHANIE VOLIN January 04, 2013 at 09:30 PM
nice screenname, ragemonkey. I guess this atrocity upset you so much that you felt compelled to join the discussion with THAT as your moniker? really, shame on you! yes: hose it off, dump hot water on it, chip off any resulting ice. try not to be so literal, genius. but do so ONLY IF you are so are so flunking wigged out by seeing the picture above on a sidewalk. and if you are so easily flipped, please know that we are laughing at you and your fragile psyche. all of us.
Sheila January 04, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Vintage Maplewood faux outrage hysteria. I am vicariously embarrassed for complainer-in-chief who stareted this drumbeat on MOL.
Audrey Lynn Wanich January 05, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Truly misguided nasty ugly self centered comments from a township known for its supposed tolerance diversity and social muckity muck. Couldn't you find a less arrogant "in ur face" way to dialogue with ur neighbors? Not to mention the importance of modeling intelligent effective communication and problem solving skills to your children. Where do you think school kids learn their keen bullying ways? Education starts in the home. Make better use of your time with your kids and teach them well while you can. Please stop with the "mom" thing, it's everyone's thing.
Sally Allen Chew January 05, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Unfortunately, as happened on MOL, the focus now IS NOT on the cause, which is ultimately what reveals whether a "campaign" is effective or not. So, supporters of the cause are probably disappointed about that and it might be good for them to figure out a different approach. I think that the original suggestion was to chalk it on YOUR OWN sidewalk and then take a picture to be shared via social media. Perhaps going back to that approach would help put the focus back on the REAL issue.
Sara Miller January 05, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I don't understand the outrage. The sidewalks are public property and the message falls under freedom of speech. The medium (chalk) is not destructive. I think we should be proud that so many support changing gun laws to protect the citizens of this country from the horrific episodes of death and destruction that have plagued our country so often in these times. NRA has expensive lobbying efforts to convey their message. Individuals whose lives have been suddenly ripped apart by these terrible events do not have those resources and those in support of change are using a peaceful, creative way to send a message. Again, this is a peaceful protest. We should be mindful that we are still a country that is allowed this privelege. Save the vitriol for the crazies who put all of our lives in danger.
Kristen Tyler January 05, 2013 at 07:38 PM
seems like it was pretty effective to me.
George Walsh January 05, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Well, being notified by Patch of this story I looked up 1MM4GC.org and signed the petition. So they got attention and maybe some additional support. I guess it wouldn't be too bad to chalk on the walk in front of your own house, but it does seem rather obnoxious to come out and find writing on the walk in front of your own house written by unknown persons. It might qualify as vandalism in some regard perhaps. I happen to agree with the group's agenda but I think they should rethink this method of gaining support. It seems to have the potential of backfiring, as evidenced by some of the reaction shared here.
Family Franks January 05, 2013 at 08:16 PM
This commentary is making me anxious....and when I get anxiety I like to shop. Hmmmm, to purchase regular chalk or jumbo size?
LocalJoe January 06, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Oh, definitely jumbo, and in multi colors, for sure.
Million Moron Moms Plus One January 07, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I guess you dont get the last word much in real life. Congratulations.
Million Dads Against Stupidity January 07, 2013 at 09:33 PM
So Graffitti is protected speech? Maybe we should placard the Second Amendment along every sidewalk, street corner and municipal hall, and a copy of the Supreme Court rulings thereunder.

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