As some of you may know, i’ve been working on a new book for ~5yrs. Many interviews, late nights, rewrites, fits+starts later…finally submitted 1st draft to publisher.
Topic is enduring the dreaded middle of a bold project/venture while optimizing team, product, and self along the path from start to finish. The starts and finishes get too much focus and all the headlines, while the middle is what really matters. Excited for this to see the light of day in 2018.?
Scoop! I got my hands on the letter that the Obamas sent the Parkland teens in the wake of the school shooting.
“Young people like you have led the way in making America better,” they write.
Read the full letter below. And follow our continuing coverage from Mic on gun violence and this weekend’s March!
Watch every minute of this.
Lewis Mizen, one of the amazing Parkland teens and now a Mic video columnist, had an open and honest conversation with an NRA member about how to solve gun violence in America.
This is the kind of conversation that you never see. And that every adult needs to watch. The conclusion is so empowering and exciting.
So proud of this piece and of our amazing team down in Parkland who pulled this off. Go Kendall Bruno! Excited for more to come.
I’m so excited that Parkland teen Lewis Mizen will be joining Mic as a video columnist!!
For the next few days, through the March for Our Lives and beyond, follow along as Lewis hosts tough conversations around gun violence in his community.
Lewis is one special kid. He’s British and identifies as a conservative. But, in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, he’s calling for gun control and lays out his case eloquently here.
Like so many of his classmates, he’s also so very impressive and gives me hope for the future. Watch and tune in over the coming days! It’s teenagers’ moment.
Great work from the team down in Florida Kendall Bruno.
“The founders would think the idea that you should arm everybody and especially arm teachers was crazy.”
Here, a top constitutional lawyer from Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law explains what the 2nd amendment says, what the Founding Fathers actually intended, and how its meaning has been distorted over our history.
Love this thought-provoking op-ed. Important for all to understand.
As many of you now know, we profiled Chris Shields, a gun-owner in Nebraska who gave up his AR-15 because of the Parkland kids’ activism.
The reaction to our story has been incredible, and frankly, very inspiring. Thank you to everyone for your support!
Here’s the full feature-length version of his story, which I’m very proud of. Bruno, Kendall and the team deserve so much praise for this powerful opinion journalism.
!! This is incredible. As a result of the Parkland teens’ activism, an AR-15 owner just decided to turn in his gun to the police.
“I don’t need this. And I’m tired of seeing people die,” Chris says.
I’m proud of the Mic team, who are on the ground in Nebraska and have captured his story and journey so powerfully here.
Amazing work from Kendall and Bruno!
“Me owning it doesn’t make my family safer. I have other weapons that I would use. For home defense, that’s not what I would use, so having it doesn’t accomplish anything positive. And giving it up, I guess, is a symbolic gesture, I understand that, but it shows that people are willing to take action to back up their words, that they’re willing to sacrifice something for something else they believe.”
The Mic Opinion video team is in Nebraska, telling the story of an AR-15 gun owner who’s ready to give it up after the Florida shooting. Chris’ story is real & raw, and it reveals why this issue is not black and white.
I’m proud of Kendall, Bruno & the team. Follow along in the next few days as they document Chris journey!
Solum chiaa bikonu….!!!Dr ishaq Sani, Buhari’s Campaigner wrote: November 4, 2017 Dear Mr President, Thank you for rewarding our die-hard loyalty with betrayal. Before the 2015 election those who told us never to believe in you, and describe you as nepotistic, tribalistic, and called you an unrepentant fundamentalist have been vindicated. Those who ascribed your 1984 war against indiscipline and corruption fight to Gen.Tunde Iduabong did not lie. Shortly before the 2015, I likened you with my idol Thomas Sankara, and deified you like the Greek god Apollos, but like the popular cliche ‘the leopard cannot change the colour of it’s skin’, you proved our opponents right. Under your watch the lives of animals appear to be more sacred than the lives of humans, killer headsmen or better still unknown gun men as you would prefer them to be called are the second most deadly terrorist group in Nigeria and not IPOB as your government tried to establish. The countless killings in southern Kaduna and other parts of the north central, has distant me from your government, however I became scared of your government when the killings got to Bassa Local government of plateau state, the local government that is housing the 3rd armoured division, which is arguably the biggest military base in the country, and no arrest was made. Under your watch, employment into CBN, FIRS, NNPC, NIMASA, to mention a few are the exclusive reserve of the children of people around you and the bourgeois in our society, while the children of the talakawas with better grades are rewarded with end power, what a change! Under you watch corrupt corruption only changed its tactics and swagger, like in the words of Senator Shehu Sani, you use insecticides for the opposition and deodorants for your allies. The case of Babachir Lawal is one amongst many, I’m not impressed that you sacked Abdulrazaq Maina because the Minister of Interior and Head of Service are still in your government, the EFCC is yet to arrest anyone. Indeed Mr President you seem to me like an accident of history. Under you watch, besides football, nothing makes us feel we are Nigerians, your utterances are as worse as your body language, there is so much hunger in the Land and you are a regret to many except those whom you have remained a permanent liability to. Mr president, many of us lost our friends campaigning for you, we were your advocates on the streets, even at beer parlors where as a Muslim I should stay away from, we advocated for you at churches, mosques, offices, and social media where we are now silent, even your wife couldn’t stomach her dissatisfaction. However you still have 19 months to become the Buhari we voted, you have 19 months to collect back your presidency from the hyaenas and the jackal, because Nigerians will remember you more for the problems your created rather than the ones you have solved. We are still watching you with our PVC’s sir.