March is already here! 2021 is quickly going by!
March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to commemorate women, stop violence against women, and stop violence against those of any gender, ethnicity, age, cultural background, etc. The way to stop violence is by building empathy and compassion among each other. When communities have the cultural awareness of empathy and compassion, we can be kinder and caring for each other, we can be nonjudgmental, supportive, and become stronger together.
As a community, it is important that we continue healing with kindness, empathy, and compassion. We can show kindness and respect for each other in many ways, by sharing a smile with a stranger, giving someone the right of way while driving, helping seniors with their groceries, or offering to help others in need. Empathy means we put ourselves in other people’s shoes and try to understand what it would be like for us to be in that position and see the situation from a different perspective. Compassion helps us to give the other person a chance and the opportunity to heal themselves and others. Understanding that we learn and teach from each other all the time, we can learn from anyone and we can be a teacher to everyone.
The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center has many community resources for Route 91 survivors and families. Please feel free to join and follow the VSRC on all social media as well as the monthly blog, meetings, and virtual presentations. Visit the Healing Garden when you have a moment.
Please participate in the survey put out by the 1 October Memorial Committee to participate in creating a memorial to remember and honor the victims, survivors, first responders, and the strength of our community. You can go online to this link and vote for what you feel is the best way to commemorate 1 October: ClarkCountyNV.gov/1OctoberMemorial. You can provide input on whether the memorial should include art or interactive activities. You can also give your opinion on the location of the memorial, if it should have a place to leave mementos, or if it should have a focus on educating the public about mass violence. The Memorial Committee wants your feedback and input. Please feel free to reach out to the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center if you have any questions.
I hope you enjoy all the activities that we have prepared for all survivors and families for the month of March.