“Everybody’s got to reach deep down and find some empathy. If you cried for the brother who bled out next to his fiancé, but you didn’t cry this morning for those police officers, it’s time to do a heart check. If you cried for those police officers, but you have a hard time taking seriously all these videos that are coming out about African Americans dying, it’s time to do a heart check.
We are either going to come together or come apart. There’s enough pain on both sides that there should be some empathy starting to kick in."
(Social and environmental activist, author and CNN political contributor)
The issues and dynamics surrounding the recent shootings are complex, tragic and overwhelming. We won’t pretend to know the answers, however we do know that violence will not get us to peace and oppression will not get us to justice.
We as a society must block out the slant of the media, the bias of brokenness and continue to stand for truth, peace and justice.
Crime Victim Advocacy Program-CVAP
1330 11th Avenue, Longview, WA
Monday-Friday 9 a.m-5 p.m. 360-703-3762
Afterhours and weekend hotline: 888-288-9221
CVAP offers free and confidential advocacy services to anyone who’s been victimized by a crime or who has been affected by a crime.
Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 360-703-3762
Columbia Wellness offers 24-hour mental health crisis services.
The crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 360-425-6064
Columbia Wellness also offers professional counseling services. For more information please call 360-423-0203
The Emergency Support Shelter offers a free 12-week support group for survivors of trauma. It beings August 3rd and will take place every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon. It is facilitated by Stacey Crutcher McFadden, MSW, and focuses on understanding trauma and learning tools on how to cope and reduce symptoms.
To sign up please call 360-425-1176 and ask for the PTSD Support Group. Please let ESS know if you will need child care.
For more information about this support group please call Delores Cook, Chapter Leader, at 360-751-8658 or the 24-hour line at 360-425-8658