Your Soul Food for 6/3/22 Gun Violence Awareness Day, Wear Orange Weekend & the Launch of Pride Month

Happy Soul Food Friday

This week:

  • Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend
  • Pride Month and Graduation Season
  • Why We Need to Keep Every Soul Safe, Alive and Thriving

Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend-

Wear Orange June 3-5

In the wake of multiple tragedies, the fight to end gun violence has never been more urgent.

During National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend, we join together to demand a future free from gun violence once and for all.

Wear Orange is June 3-5 | Wear Orange

An Elementary Schooler Told This Child Psychologist Not To Worry About School Shootings, And The Reason Why Is Gut-Wrenching
“I just got done with a session with an elementary schooler who asked me if when I saw the news yesterday, I was sad like her mommy or if I was scared.”

Psychologist Shares How Kids Talk About Mass Shootings (buzzfeed.com)

How to Talk to Children About Violence

Reassure children that they are safe 

Make time to talk 

Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate

Review safety procedures 

Observe children’s emotional state 

Limit television viewing of these events 

Maintain a normal routine

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (nasponline.org)

Pope Francis and a cardinal say it’s time for the U.S. to act on guns
“It is time to say enough to the indiscriminate trafficking of arms,” Pope Francis said on Wednesday, as he sent condolences to families in Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde shooting: Pope Francis says gun control is needed in the United States : NPR

‘The Onion’ has republished a grim headline about mass shootings 21 times since 2014
The satirical news site publishes modified versions of the article after major mass shootings, always with the same headline: “No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.”

‘The Onion’ has reused this satire after more than 20 mass shootings since 2014 : NPR

An ER Doctor’s ‘Third Way’ Approach to the Gun Crisis
Why violence demands not just policy solutions, but public-health ones

An ER Doctor’s ‘Third Way’ Approach to the Gun Crisis – The Atlantic

Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted.
It was one of the world’s largest mandatory gun buybacks — and it was a smashing success.

Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted. – Vox

San Diego students walk out of class to protest gun violence after Texas school shooting
In the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, thousands of students from San Diego County and across the country walked out of their classrooms in protest of gun violence.

San Diego Students Participate in Walkouts to Protest Gun Violence After Texas School Shooting – NBC 7 San Diego (nbcsandiego.com)

Comfort dogs have been deployed to Uvalde, Texas, from near and far
At least five organizations in and beyond the state have sent dogs to Uvalde, where they are visiting hospitals, churches and schools. Many have responded to other mass shootings across the country.

Uvalde, Texas, school shooting: Comfort dogs offer support : NPR

Pride Month and Graduation Season-

A Florida class president couldn’t discuss being gay in high school graduation speech — so he talked about his curly hair
The class president at a Florida high school says he wasn’t allowed to share his experience as a gay student in his graduation speech or how the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law will affect students like him, so he talked about something else that makes him a little different from his classmates — his curly hair.

A Florida class president couldn’t discuss being gay in high school graduation speech — so he talked about his curly hair – CNN

3 books all recent college graduates should read, according to a career expert
There’s no manual for what to do after leaving school, but books can provide practical advice and inspiration on how to succeed in this next chapter.

Career expert: 3 books all recent college graduates should read (cnbc.com)

Why we need to keep every soul safe, alive and thriving-

5-year-old Italian piano prodigy plays astonishing Mozart for competition audience
The young pianist impressed the competition judges with instinctive talent, well beyond his years…

5-year-old Italian piano prodigy plays astonishing Mozart for competition audience – Classic FM

Here is to the prodigy in you!

Please pay it forward with purpose.

Love,

Neville

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint.

Therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.”

Reinhold Niebuhr

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