Bill Cosby: Say no to guns in Detroit schools

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Dear Canton MoveOn member,

Like teachers across the country, I take my commitment to my students’ safety very seriously. That’s why I was so disturbed when the Michigan legislature passed a bill that would allow concealed guns in places like schools and day care centers.

Thankfully, Governor Snyder vetoed the bill after days of public disapproval. But this bill should never have gotten as far as it did.

And one of the reasons the bill had so much support is that StudentsFirst, an education group founded by conservative Michelle Rhee, actually worked to elect 14 candidates who voted in favor of allowing concealed weapons in schools.

You might be surprised to learn that the actor Bill Cosby and journalist Roland Martin—two outspoken gun control advocates—sit on the national board of this organization. The good news is they have the power to make a real difference.

That’s why I created a petition on to Mr. Cosby and Mr. Martin, urging them to make sure StudentsFirst no longer supports such extreme anti-gun safety candidates.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

The petition says:

We all agree that guns do not belong in schools. Yet you are board members of an organization that endorsed 14 candidates in Michigan who voted in favor of allowing concealed weapons in schools and day care centers, among other public places. I ask that you use your positions of influence at StudentsFirst to ensure that all future endorsements consider fundamental issues like children’s safety.

StudentsFirst is an influential group, and you are influential members of it. Mr. Cosby and Mr. Martin, I ask that you please make it clear to StudentsFirst that you will no longer remain on the board of an organization that supports candidates who support allowing weapons around our children at school.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Ivy Bailey

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