Advocacy

The ENOUGH Campaign

Shira Tarantino speak at the Fourth Annual Vigil of Hope to End Gun Violence

Development, founding member, board member. The mission of The ENOUGH Campaign is to protect our families and our country as we advocate for more public awareness on the issues of gun violence prevention in America. Through legislative advocacy and community education, we champion stronger gun laws and aim to transform public perceptions of gun safety. 

Stamford Pediatric Gun Safety Project

Stamford Pediatric Gun Safety Project

Founder. The mission of the Stamford Pediatric Gun Safety Project is to collect and analyze empirical evidence of the barriers that Stamford pediatricians face while providing anticipatory guidance on firearm safety. ​ 

#WearOrange Day

Michael Hyman, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Stamford Mayor David Martin, Shira Tarantino, WearOrange

Co-Organizer, speaker. On June 2, we wear orange in memory of Hadiya Pendleton and to honor the more than 90 lives cut short and the hundreds more injured by gun violence every day.

Disarm Hate

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Speaker, fundraiser. Disarm Hate is a movement begun in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. It addresses the intersection of LGBTQ rights and gun violence prevention.

Dress for Success Worldwide

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Director of Development. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. 

Homelessness Prevention

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Director of Development. The EIS Housing Resource Center mission is to prevent homelessness by keeping residents in their communities, preserving existing affordable housing, and promoting and supporting the construction of affordable housing for low, moderate, and middle-income households.

Campaigns

Combatting Poverty Through Micro Loans

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Consultant. Helped to create a strategic plan to build a sustainable funding strategy and cultivate leadership. The Greater Contribution gives impoverished women in East Africa the opportunity to provide better nutrition, housing, health care, and education for their families through micro loans. 

Standing up for Women's Rights

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Phone bank fundraising supervisor, activist for NOW-NYC, The Founding Chapter. Project: supporting policy change promoting the Violence Against Women Act. Women's rights, affordable healthcare and pro-choice options for women.

Environmental Advocacy

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Activist and Lobbyist in support of closing the hazardous Fresh Kills Landfill in a small residential community in NYC. NYPIRG - New York Public Interest Research Group. 

Unique Projects

Global Community Organizing

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Founder, global community organizer. Handfastings.org links people in the inter- and exo-faith   communities with ordained officiants who perform Handfastings, Wedding Ceremonies, Commitment Ceremonies, Sacred Unions and other Rites of Passage and celebrations. The non-profit currently lists more than 100 ordained officiants from five countries.

Handfastings Magazine

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Publisher, editor, and chief executive officer. Handfastings Magazine is a leader in the handfastings community, offering brides and grooms-to-be alternative and out-of-the-box ritual options for their wedding ceremonies.  Shira oversees all management, distribution, editing, sales, marketing and creative direction.  

Shira also officiates weddings and handfastings.