Wednesday, December 2, 2015

In Response to Mass Shootings: Spread Love, Not Fear


My thoughts & prayers are with those affected by the San Bernardino mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center today
Any type of tragedy‬ is never easy to handle. It's sad that events like these have to happen in order for its community to see what is lacking. Some people who are looking for help fall through the cracks & then systematic changes fail to happen until tragedies occur. 
On top of that, there are too many bystanders who know that things are going wrong, but they don't have the moral courage‬ to assist them with getting the services that they need. We need to stop being bystanders, and get to a place where we can speak up & speak out. for those who cannot speak for themselves. This is why I care about civic engagement. Our systems won't change if we don't speak up. 

Reporting reality matters. If you want to understand a community‬, understand what the people are going through. Get to know their daily‪‎ struggles‬. Get to know its strengths and weaknesses. 

The Los Angeles Times just did a report on San Bernardino last month. It is the poorest city in ‪‎California. Check our LA Times' documentary film about their city here: ‬http://graphics.latimes.com/san-bernardino-video/
Despite these tragedies, let's not let our ‪‎fear‬ consume us. Let's let our LOVE make the best out of us.


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