We write to you at a moment of great personal sadness and outrage. We reel at the bloodshed from coast to coast, with Buffalo, Laguna Woods and Milwaukee — all sites of horror.
We are mourning the loss of life and the injuries, extending condolences to all affected, and springing into action to do as much as we can.
Because of the racially motivated mass shooting and deaths in Buffalo, we are detouring from our nationwide, yearlong "Honor With Action" tour to help grief-stricken families there. Can you contribute to our fuel fund as we drive north?
Recently, we were in Baltimore for an event we co-sponsored on May 11, “Centering Survivors: Honoring Lived Experience in Gun Violence Policy." We were planning to cover eastern New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts later this May and June, but we are now changing our route to assist in Buffalo.
We’ve been in touch by telephone and email with mental health professionals in that area, as well as the mayor and members of Congress. They have received our Survivors Empowered/Giffords toolkit, created for those who suffer this kind of devastating loss. We will be in northern New York by the end of this week.
Survivors will need to know what they can expect next. They will need to know how to find trauma therapists, how to handle the press, and how to seek both emotional and financial support.
We will be meeting with survivors, and talking with community leaders, activists, public officials, and anyone else who might want whatever solidarity we can offer. We have been through this, and we know what is coming down the road for survivors.
If possible, please consider a donation to help us get to Buffalo from the mid-Atlantic.
With about 40,000 gun deaths each year, we need sensible federal gun policies and legislation. We need action.
We dedicated Survivors Empowered to aiding survivors directly, and helping them to use their voices. One key element for us: providing solace and support, so that a rising chorus can create change and protection from more death and loss. Please help. Thank you all.
With our greatest resolve,
Sandy and Lonnie