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Our Hearts are Heavy for Vegas

Today we mourn for Las Vegas, tomorrow we fight for them.

This week we mourn the lives lost and send love, light and energy to their friends and families. We honor the first-responders, law enforcement and everyone on the scene of the tragedy who helped out – your empathy and courage are an inspiration.

Thousands affected by the shooting and the Las Vegas community will now come together and start a long and painful road towards recovery. We wish them healing. We can’t imagine the grief.

New Sincerity is an inclusive community that believes in empathy and taking action. We don’t wait around for someone else to take that first step – we leap. Here are some things you can do today to rise up and care for strangers.

• Donate your blood.

If you’re in Las Vegas – wonderful! If you’re not, donate locally to help a stranger neighbor. How wild is it you can literally give your own life force to help someone else?

 

 

• Give to the National Compassion Fund

This organization gives direct financial support to victims of mass crime. One-hundred percent of all proceeds will go directly to the Las Vegas victims and their families.  Go here to pitch your dollar and to show that, no matter what, we have their back.

• Follow and donate to Everytown

This devastation is part of a larger issue of gun violence. Did you know it’s easier to buy a gun than get a food handler’s license? There are more gun stores in the US than there are Starbucks in the world. Hmmmm… something isn’t right. Everytown is a movement of politicians, cops, moms and gun owners who know that comprehensive gun reform is necessary. Donate here to get those gun laws and policies reformed. 

• Be sweet to each other. 

‘Nuff said.

 

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Shakespeare Unites War Vets

In Kentucky, combat veterans are being brought together by an unlikely source — theatre.

Fred Johnson, founder of Shakespeare with Veterans, says there is an unexplainable power in Shakespeare’s words of 400 years ago that modern language can’t quite convey. War, loss, empathy, and tragedy are threads in the scripts that hit the heartstrings of many vets.

“But we in it shall be remembered,” Shakespeare wrote in Henry V, a play that is also known for it’s prolific battle speeches. “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.”

Some were skeptical that veterans would find this program interesting, but some neighboring organizations went ahead and joined together to make it happen, including the Louisville Vet Center and the Kentucky Shakespeare Company.

The Shakespeare With Veterans’ goal is to offer “the opportunity for camaraderie and a higher sense of purpose that represents what veterans loved most during military service.”

 

Photo: Shakespeare With Veterans

 

The vets rehearse in the local Louisville Vet Center, a haven that also provides counseling for PTSD, outreach, and referral services (like employment assistance).

Amy Attaway, artistic director for Kentucky Shakespeare, told Huffington Post about her experience directing the vets. “They would say, ‘this speech sounds like exactly what I would say to my soldiers in the field,’ or ‘this sounds like it could be today’. Those moments have been really exciting to me—new people waking up to the poetry and the power of the words. If you let yourself dig into it, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for.”

Since the program’s initial launch in early 2016, the experiment has become a success. Many vets have found great joy in discovering their inner thespians, some driving 2 hours each way to attend rehearsals.

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