If you or your organization feel helpless right now…

The incidents that have occurred in the past few days –– the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, officers in Dallas, and injuries of many others, are devastating, heartbreaking, and terrifying. I feel like I’ve been holding my breath for days, waiting for this to end…only for it to get worse. The weight of silence in our voices and actions is deafening.

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably someone that I work with or that works in a capacity similar to my own (you write, you’re a community manager, you work on a support team, you help people). I trust that most of you have the decency to pause in your regular actions and think about how you can help those who are hurting right now. But if you know someone who doesn’t, if you feel helpless right now, here are some stories you should read or that you can send them. Here are some ways other people and organizations reacted that I think we can all learn from.

If your organization is comprised of humans that care about other humans, act like it.
I am extremely proud that I’m able to add Kickstarter to this piece.
Listen to your community and your employees. 
I repeat, stop talking and actively listen.
Create a safe space for people.
Forget about your CTRs and open rates for a damn day and focus on saying and doing something that helps those who are hurting. Be mindful that passive silence is not a show of support.
A crowdsourced letter from East/South/Southeast Asian-Americans to their parents about ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬

I’ve spent the past few days reading these stories, sharing them, thinking about ways I can provide comfort to my friends, family, coworkers, and myself. As these incidents continue to unfold as I write this post, there’s no telling what will happen next. But you can decide what YOU do next.

We can band together.
We can act with love and not hate.
We can put ourselves in someone else’s shoes.
We can decide that we don’t want this to happen to anyone, ever.
But it has to be we.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. — Mother Theresa
Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other. — Elie Wiesel