#DOSOMETHING - What YOU can do NOW for #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile

This has been a horrible week in American history.  The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have jolted the nation to take yet another hard look at police brutality.  Compound this tragedy with the horror of losing the lives of 5 police officers during an otherwise peaceful protest in Dallas, TX, it is easy to feel numb and helpless to all turmoil in this country and in our local communities.  It is easy to retweet a hashtag, or post a rant to your friends on Facebook.  While this is good, it is time for real, tangible action.  Now is the time to put words to action.  

It is time to #DoSomething.

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images News / Getty Images
Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images News / Getty Images

There are several ways in which your voice can be heard, your influence known, and your dollars felt.  Please consider a few of these resources as vehicles for meaningful change.  Please, for the love of life and liberty, #DoSomething.

Give Your Support - The masses of protesters, all races, all orientations, all affiliations have given strength in number to this new era of the movement.

To find an organized march in your area CLICK HERE.  

Give Your VOTE - Representation in positions of power is so important to making real change.  Vote in the local elections, vote in the national elections, vote for the candidates that have YOUR best interests at heart.

To register to vote CLICK HERE.            To find your local election office CLICK HERE

Give Your Money - The families of the victims will need support during this time, and for the foreseeable future. Please open your wallets to help, no gift is too small. 

To donate money for the children of Alton Sterling CLICK HERE.  To donate money to the family of Philando Castile CLICK HERE.  For more information on support for the victims of the Dallas Shooting CLICK HERE.  

Photo courtesy of Local 320, from Workday Minnesota

Photo courtesy of Local 320, from Workday Minnesota

Give Your Voice - Social media activism brings awareness to the problem, but it is not enough.  We MUST use our voices to demand change in our communities, our laws, and to the issues that anger and sadden us.  There are several ways to lend your voice to the movement:

To contact your Senator CLICK HERE.  To contact your Congressman CLICK HERE

For your local Black Lives Matter Chapter CLICK HERE.  For your local NAACP Chapter CLICK HERE

For your local Urban League Chapter CLICK HERE.  For more information on the Human Rights Campaign CLICK HERE

Don't let fear or apathy keep you from helping in some way.  There is so much that needs to be done and so far we need to go.  However, if we all help in our own way there can be forward movement. We can do this.

#DoSomething

Photo by mangostock/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by mangostock/iStock / Getty Images