On the eve of the holiday, I’m reminded of all the ways we’ve all shared in the love of the holidays, whether it’s a smile on someone’s face, a family picture or a shared memory.
I don’t mean to be negative or bitter, but we’re living through an era in our country when we should be celebrating what we have.
The holiday season should be about giving thanks for what we’ve received, what we do and how we’ve made it.
And yet, we’re not seeing the Christmas spirit we need.
On this holiday season, let’s not forget the many people who’ve lost loved ones to gun violence, the families of fallen police officers, the teachers who lost their lives, and the police officers who have faced threats of violence and harassment because of their role in keeping us safe.
I can’t help but think that our nation has come to a crossroads in 2017.
Many of us have experienced the kind of senseless violence that we’ve seen unfold in recent months.
For the past several months, we’ve heard the same stories about the Black Lives Matter movement, police officers killed in the line of duty, and Black Lives Act-like initiatives.
These efforts have spurred us to reflect on our collective past, present and future and ask ourselves what can we do to ensure that our lives and our families’ lives aren’t in danger?
What can we tell our children and grandchildren, in the hopes that they can bring us the best life possible?
We can’t stop the senselessness that has plagued us, but I can tell you that I am grateful for the sacrifices we have made over the years to make sure that this country does not repeat the mistakes of the past.
To those of you who’ve struggled through the holiday seasons, thank you for all the support and for the love you’ve given to our family.
If you’ve experienced gun violence and other trauma, I want to offer you some advice that you can use to understand what’s happening to you.
We can all do more to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
This holiday season we can take action to keep our families and friends safe and protect ourselves from violence, so please consider following these steps: Stay connected with our news and resources from the holiday.
Donate to our advocacy efforts to reduce gun violence.
Use social media to share your thoughts and concerns about gun violence with your friends and family.
Take a moment and look at the stories and the stories of others who’ve been affected by gun violence to help you understand what you can do to protect yourself.
Remember to share these tips with anyone who may be struggling with gun violence: The Black Lives Movement: A Black Lives Issue is a weekly column by political and community leaders that addresses the ways that police and law enforcement officers have been impacted by the Black lives matter movement, the Black on Black crime and the Black communities most at risk of being victims of crime.
The column is curated by the National Black Leadership Council and includes stories from leaders across the country, with the goal of empowering the community to act on the most pressing challenges facing Black Americans.
For more information on the Black Leadership Coalition, please visit www.blackleadershipcoalition.org.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: The National Lawyers Guild is a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the continued safety of law enforcement and serving our communities.
The Fund’s mission is to provide justice and protection to those who protect our nation’s law enforcement agencies.
Please visit the National Lawyers guild website for more information.
The Center for American Progress: The Center for America Progress is a nonpartisan nonprofit that helps keep our government running by providing policy advice, research and advocacy.
For example, it helps ensure that we are funding the National Security Agency, the Veterans Affairs Department, and other federal agencies.
The Center is funded by a $2.6 billion annual contribution from individuals and corporations, as well as by a host of grants and public-private partnerships from foundations and corporations.
You can read more about the Center at www.americanprogress.org/the-american-peace-and-order-movement.
And don’t forget to get the latest updates from The Center at http://americanpeaceandorder.org/.
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