On the heels of last night’s Route 91 Music Festival, gunfire—not fireworks—echoed above the heads of those who attended Jason Aldean’s set. After the dust and smoke and screams settled, 58 people had lost their life.
There’s no getting around the fact that we’re living in tumultuous, strenuous times. Every day, our phones light-up with some semblance of breaking news that tests our moral, ethical, logical backbones. Is it quote “Fake News” steeped in alternative facts? Maybe it's a justifiable story? Perhaps it’s an inflated bluff. But last night, phones around the country—including my own—lit up with word that another mass shooting had taken place. This time, in Las Vegas; this time, the largest one to ever occur on US soil.
Now, being in the Bay Area, one might feel like they can’t do much (if anything) to help those in need in the City of Lights. Well, plot twist: we have the internet. And, while it’s a mixed-bag of good and bad, it can unite us, connect us to causes around the world. Yes, even in Sin City.
Take a minute (a few, preferably) to head our suggestions below:
Donate to the Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada
A network of medical professionals who will be lending their help (free of charge) to the victims and families affected by yesterday’s shooting. Visit their donation page here to send whatever you can.
Flag fake News
A bevy of “alternative facts” have been circulating around social media and far-right media outlets, claiming that this was an ISIS event and/or a pull for quote “the left to capitalize on gun policy changes.” Yea, ain’t nobody got time for that.
Donate to the Red Cross
The Red Cross is working in full-swing in Nevada to help accrue necessary blood donations, medical supplies, and other medical needs to the over 500-plus victims. Visit their donation page here to send whatever you can.
Write Your Senator and House Member
Wrote to congress men and women who have advocated for less strict 2nd Amendment rights, and (rightly) argue that yesterday's event’s don’t need occur again. Put the safety-lock on more strict gun regulations; you can find the mailing addresses to those State Representatives here.
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