Weekend Reading Memorial Day Edition

This edition of Weekend Reading will be a departure from my usual list of links and reading suggestions. As we move into Memorial Day weekend, the country is mourning the loss of 19 children and two adults in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX. No words can properly address the grief the families, community, and nation are feeling. Too many times, we have had to send our thoughts and prayers to those suffering loss from gun violence, especially violence against children.

I’m struggling to find something meaningful to say in this situation. It is so heartbreaking that one could easily be silenced by the gravity of the situation. Hug your children and family members, I want to say. Take action. And, after everything, remember. Remember the feelings you have now and use that hurt to create a safer world.

In the poem “Still I Rise,” Maya Angelou describes resilience in the face of hate. I find her words appropriate:

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Gather your own families together and cherish the chance to spend extra time together this weekend. Lay wreaths in cemeteries and attend military Memorial Day ceremonies. Welcome the promise of summer and a new chance to make things better. Then, take action against violence, knowing the fight is worth the effort.

If you are interested in donating to the families and surviving victims, consider the Robb Elementary School Memorial Fund Here’s a link to the information.

Find information about advocating for mental health support in schools here and here.

One way to help is to donate blood through a Red Cross blood drive.

Find contact information for your members of Congress here.

— Amy

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