Number one on the list was "a sense of safety for everyone."
It's clear that we still don't have a sense of safety. But I did a few things to enlighten people, through the very well attended Town Meeting on Violence at Quail Ridge Books, and a blog post here and there.
Mostly, though, when I sat down to write at Can I Do It? I ended up writing about something else. I felt overwhelmed and under-equipped to address the issue.
At the end of 2013:
Our state has gone backward in addressing gun issues, women's issues, mental health issues, and education issues. We in North Carolina have got a mountain to climb to get back to zero.
The news is still full of gun violence. Children are still rescued from untenable situations (if they make it out alive). Health care is still expensive and the "non-profit" Blue Cross and Blue Shield is still hiding profit in the salaries of its executives. People are turned away as they desperately seek help for taking care of their mentally ill family members, some of whom kill themselves or commit crimes shortly thereafter. Video games and television and movies are more violent than ever.
Maybe there's a little something we can still do this year to make a difference.
Today, on Facebook, someone posted an article from the Huffington Post. It said that each of the twenty-six victims of the Newtown tragedy has left behind a legacy in the form of either a new non-profit or support for a favorite non-profit of the victim. So I'm going to do the only thing I know to do right now: make a donation to one of them. I'm choosing the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation because Catherine was the niece of someone I know.
I hope that each of you will choose one also. If you do, please post here or on Facebook which one. If you choose it for a special reason, tell us that too. I hope you will share this post on your Facebook page or in emails or by word of mouth and that your friends and family will donate too.
Click here to access the Huffington Post article with links to all the websites.
Thank you in advance.