February 1st, 2013
11:45 AM ET

Congressional Republicans seek details on Obama's school safety plan

By Sally Holland, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Congressional Republicans are seeking more details on President Barack Obama's plan to reduce gun violence in schools.

In letters to members of Obama's Cabinet, they requested information about the president's time frame and funding plans for the implementation of 23 executive actions on gun control enacted in mid-January in response to the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in December.

Additionally, they want to know how the president's Congressional proposals will relate to mental health programs currently in place for students.

The leaders of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce sent letters to Attorney General Eric Holder, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Housing and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

"While we agree we cannot stop every senseless act of violence, we share the president's commitment to reviewing the facts and evaluating proposed and existing policies and programs intended to help teachers, principals, and parents protect their children," the letter to Holder says.

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Students inspire MTV anti-slavery campaign
"The Backstory" campaign uses digital storytelling to take viewers inside the stories of labor and sex trafficking victims.
February 1st, 2013
05:00 AM ET

Students inspire MTV anti-slavery campaign

By Simon Rushton, CNN

(CNN) - MTV has launched a new interactive, anti-slavery campaign inspired by a winning entry in its “Against Our Will” project on the college network, mtvU.

The Backstory” contains a series of dance videos that show how women can be trafficked into prostitution and immigrants into forced labor. It grew out of the winning entry, from four students at James Madison University, in mtvU’s “Against Our Will” challenge, which asked students for innovative ways to use the internet to highlight the problems of modern-day slavery.

Rapper Talib Kweli and dancers from Ailey II have joined the campaign which features choreography by Ailey II’s artistic director, Troy Powell, and music scored by Kenna.

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Filed under: College • Girl Rising • Students