The murder of 9 people at a historic church in Charleston, SC this week is enough to bring the most hopeful soul to its knees. We should grieve, we should speak the names and stories of the victims, and then we should do what we can, in whatever ways we can, to help. Here are a few ideas:
Talk about it. Tune into the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Listen, share, reflect and reach out. Why is it important? Because talking about the darkest acts shines light on them so that they cannot be hidden or forgotten.
Hear President Obama's call to action: "We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it." You can learn more about calls for gun control, and find ways to get involved, here.
Give what you can. To help the victims' families directly, give to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to aid in covering funeral expenses and counseling.