Reimagining safety after a mass shooting

I struggled with feeling numb and helpless after the mass shooting in my neighborhood in Monterey Park. After talking with members of International Women’s Network Against Militarism, their framework of “genuine security” inspired me to write this piece that combines contemplation with their call for a feminist and intersectional reimagining of security

“As the news of the mass shooting in Monterey Park unfolded, my heart sank as I recognized the building behind the yellow crime scene tape. I am a longtime resident of Monterey Park and a college professor. My students and I tutored participants of the the adult literacy program at the public library not too far from the site of the mass shooting for over ten years. …As I wait to hear if Julian, the Lees and others are alive, my heart hurts. I yearn for us to ask, reflect, and act upon deeper questions. Mr. Tran acquired assault weapons meant for a battlefield and used them in a dance studio. … I want us to notice how war, gendered violence and militarization impact our daily lives.”


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