For the third year in a row, Moms Demand Action rallied at the State House for Lobby Day to promote the Protect RI Families Act, which would keep domestic abusers from possessing guns. (I didn't make it last year as I still WORKED then.) We were promoted out of the basement and into the beautiful State Room, with its original painting of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart overseeing the proceedings.
Governor Raimondo dropped in.
There was an impressive line up of speakers at the press conference, including victims of domestic and gun violence, and representatives from RI law enforcement, clergy, and government, We had backup from several of the national Everytown/Moms staff. Jenn B and Amy H did a fabulous job in setting this all up.
After the press conference, Moms headed out on the House and Senate floors to lobby their reps. I staked myself out to speak with my local Rep. Justin Price, but as at my first lobby day, he was not present. So I will call, email, and postcard him to support this bill. I don't know where he stands on this sensible gun legislation, but my hopes are not high as he is chummy with the NRA and he has sponsored bills such as expanding concealed carry reciprocity.
At least I had a photo op with our cute little mascot.
Don't worry, he's OK now, but Tuffy had an 'adventure'. He was in a particularly bad fight with, I suspect, a neighborhood cat often seen in the yard. He developed an abscess and had two drains inserted in his chest and was on antibiotics. (While the vet was in there, she removed the cause of the lump he's had under his arm since before we adopted him, which turned out to be a 22 bullet, according to D. What kind of lowlife purposely shoots a cat...the kind of lowlife who should not be allowed to possess firearms.) Tomorrow he gets his stitches out and all should be well. He'll be able to go outside again, but only when we are home.
Had the first kombucha bottling session! Above, the scoby had grown even larger and scummier, a good sign.
Scoby and reserved tea ready to start next batch.
Five bottles, flavored with lemon and ginger and ready to hibernate for a few more days to get fizzy. This was on Sunday. Today they fizz some when I shake the bottles, but don't seem as fizzy as I'd like. So I put them on the heat mat and tomorrow will put in the fridge, and when they are nice and cold I'll sample it.