I have no words today and so simply share the words of others who have found some profound ones, together with a strong wish and heartfelt plea that:
- *you keep speaking up and out against intolerance, violence and hate,
- *you rally when possible,
- *if you are young, especially, you use your smarts, abilities and your words wisely and eloquently to sway others around you who may come from a place of fear or ignorance, and
- *MOST IMPORTANTLY, you VOTE. Vote for candidates who are first and foremost for tolerance, equality, and peace, who are for protecting lives not just IN the womb, but once they are born into the world and living and breathing among us.
If you watch or listen to one thing this week on the Charleston tragedy watch this:
JON STEWART on THE DAILY SHOW ON THE CHARLESTON SHOOTING.
And if you're still feeling hopeless after that clip watch the rest of his interview with Malala Yousafzai and consider donating to the Malala Fund.
If you read something, this is a good, important thing to read, with the below lead-in by the beautiful author, Kate Messner:
"What happened in a Charleston church on Wednesday night is a lot of things, but one thing it's not is "unspeakable." We should speak of it often. We should speak of it loudly."
This piece is worth reading & thinking about. The man arrested for the horrific church shooting in Charleston may be referred to as a "lone shooter," but a community raised him. We are all responsible for the words we speak, the things we share on our social media pages, and the things we allow others to say, unchecked and unchallenged. I cannot believe we live in a world where this is still happening. We have to do better. SPEAKING THE UNSPEAKABLE. . .
If you are a writer and want to do something small to honor librarian Cynthia Hurd:
Donations in her memory can be made to the Charleston Public Library c/o Andria Amaral; Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston SC 29401.
Mother Emanuel Church also accepts donations: http://www.emanuelamechurch.org/.
We must find a way to do better,