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Home | News | UPDATES 8/8: Paso del Norte Community Foundation benefit set for Sunday; City to hold community memorial service next Wednesday

UPDATES 8/8: Paso del Norte Community Foundation benefit set for Sunday; City to hold community memorial service next Wednesday

This story will serve as an update for the events, comments and other information that comes into our newsroom on Thursday.

Update 8/8 – 5:00 p.m.

Paso del Norte Community Foundation benefit at El Paso County Coliseum to support shooting victims

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation, in partnership with the El Paso Sports Commission, will be sponsoring a special benefit fundraiser this weekend at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 East Paisano, organizers announced Thursday.

The Unidos El Paso Strong event will take over the Coliseum from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. All proceeds will go toward the foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund in support of the victims and families of the tragic shooting that occurred in East El Paso on Aug. 3.

The fundraiser, thanks to generous donations and additional sponsorships from area businesses and entities, will feature live music and entertainment, including DJ Chuy, DJ Leeroy, folklórico dancers and Mariachi Frontera, as well as a variety of beverages and food trucks, vendors, a car show, a kid’s play area, and so much more.

A team of experts from El Paso Mental Health will offer free counseling for those in need.

There will be a $5 donation entry fee for adults at the gate, while ages 12 and under get in free.

Update 8/8 – 3:00 p.m.

Community Memorial Service – Tribute to Honor Victims, Offer Community a Place of Healing

The City of El Paso is hosting a Community Memorial Service to reflect and remember the victims of the mass shooting and to offer a place of healing and support for the community.

“El Paso is resilient and our region is going to come together to show that we will not be defined by this act of violence, but rather by our outpouring of love,” Mayor Dee Margo said. “This memorial gathering will allow our entire region to unite in support of those injured, and mourn those who have lost their lives.”

The memorial gathering is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. It will be held at Southwest University Park in downtown and will be simulcast live at three satellite locations – the Convention Center and Cleveland Square Park both in downtown, and at Ponder Park, at 7500 WH Burges Drive.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SERVICE

  • Starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at four locations.
  • Doors open at 6 p.m. at Southwest University Park, located at Franklin Avenue and Santa Fe Street. The public should arrive no more than one hour prior to doors opening. The memorial program will be simulcast live at three satellite sites to provide enough space to accommodate all who wish to participate.
  • Live simulcast at: the Convention Center, located at Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue; at Cleveland Square Park, located at Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue; and at Ponder Park, located at 7500 W.H. Burges Drive.
  • Event is open to the public, free of charge and tickets are not required.
  • Free parking will be provided at all metered parking spaces and at various parking garages located in Uptown and Downtown. The following parking garages and lots will offer free parking:  Glory Road Transit Terminal, the Convention Center, the Union Plaza Transit Terminal, Mills Building Garage, 122 Kansas Parking Garage, Wells Fargo Parking Garage, the Surface Lot at 401 Mesa (across from San Jacinto Plaza), and the Surface Lot at 415 Mesa (behind Stewart Title).
  • At Ponder Park, the public may park in nearby on-street parking spaces, and at Sun Metro’s Eastside Terminal Parking lot, at 1165 Sunmount Drive.

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El Paso Pro-Musica to Raise Funds for EP Shooting Victims Fund

El Paso Pro-Musica is dedicating 100 percent of the funds from the EPPM 100 Special Event, “An Evening with Zuill Bailey,” to the El Paso Shooting Victims Fund.

The Evening, will be hosted by the Herrera Group at 1011 North Mesa at 6:00 p.m. For more information go to eppm.org or call 915-747-8163.

El Paso Pro-Musica has been reaching out to the Community this week to provide soothing healing sounds of music. Students from the UTEP Studio of Zuill Bailey and the UTEP Center for Arts Entrepreneurship have been providing comfort through music this week at UMC and at the YISD Blood Drive.

 

El Paso Pro-Musica will continue in its mission to make music accessible to all throughout the community.

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Update from  DEL SOL MEDICAL CENTER

-Following Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, 11 victims were transported and treated at Del Sol Medical Center.

-As of August 8, 2019, at 2:15 p.m. MT, six patients remain in this hospital. Three patients are now in good condition, two patients are in stable condition and one remains in critical condition.

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915 United to hold benefit cruise Friday evening

Event is scheduled to star at 7:30 in the parking lot of FourWheel Parts (11751 Gateway West Blvd)  all information is below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Family Assistance Center Augments Services

The El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the American Red Cross has expanded the services being provided at the Family Assistance Center (FAC) to ensure the community is given comprehensive support to cope with the August 3 tragedy.

The Family Assistance Center is housed at the Convention Center in Downtown, near Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue.

The center is opened from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Resources and services will be provided by public and private organizations. Parking fees will be waived for individuals visiting the FAC.

Services available include:

  • Counseling/spiritual Care
  • Healthcare assistance
  • Travel assistance
  • Financial support
  • Legal support
  • Government Assistance Program
  • Temporary ID’s and driver’s licenses
  • Documentation for Mexican Nationals
  • Belongings recovery
  • Onsite childcare
  • Translation services
  • Social Security card replacement
  • Vital statistics

Anyone needing immediate support may call the Crisis Hotline at (915) 779-1800

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Red Lobster Hosts Dine Out Event to Support El Paso Community

Red Lobster is hosting a dine out to donate event in El Paso, TX following the awful tragedy that took place this past weekend. Red Lobster is committed to helping the local community. To show support for everyone affected, Red Lobster will donate 10% of its sales on Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th to the El Paso Community Fund.

WHEN: Saturday, August 10th & Sunday, August 11th, 2019

WHERE: Three Red Lobster restaurants located in El Paso, TX, including:

  • 800 Sunland Park Drive, El Paso, TX 79912
  • 8401 Gateway Blvd West, El Paso, TX 79925
  • 1860 Joe Battle Blvd, El Paso, TX 79936

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Representative Svarzbein Offers Statement About 8/3/2019 Shooting Event

I am heartbroken by the events that took place in our City of El Paso. I am thankful to the first responders that activated to secure the situation, and who work every day to keep our beautiful community safe.

The resilience of our community is much greater than the hate that struck on Aug. 3rd 2019. Together we will heal and stand behind those affected by this tragedy. We will show our greatness through our love.

What El Paso and Juarez, being the great bi-national community that it is, can do more than any other place in the world is show how to live together. This is our destiny, our birthright and opportunity not just today, but every day moving forward, generation after generation. This is something few understand unless you were fortunate enough to live here.

This city is the biggest, boldest and most humble representation of the American Dream.

Below, are resources you may use to give back and assist those in need.

To Donate:
El Paso Community Foundation Victims Fund

Blood Donations:
El Paso, Texas – East Side Center
1338 N Zaragosa Rd
El Paso, TX 79936
(915) 849-7389

El Paso, Texas – West Side Center
424 S. Mesa Hills Drive
El Paso, Texas 79912
(915) 544-5422

Stay Safe, and be sure to hug those you love when you see them.

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Mister Car Wash to Raise Funds for Paso del Norte Community Foundation August 10-11

Mister Car Wash El Paso Locations to Donate a Dollar for Every Car Wash and Oil Change This Weekend

EL PASO, TX – To raise funds in support of victims and their families affected by last weekend’s tragedy in West Texas, Mister Car Wash has announced that it will donate a dollar from every car wash and oil change its stores complete in El Paso this weekend.

All 10 Mister Car Wash locations as well as seven oil change locations in El Paso are participating in this fundraising endeavor.

How to participate: Simply visit any of the El Paso Mister Car Wash or Oil Change Express locations during normal business hours for a wash or oil change on Saturday, August 10 or Sunday, August 11 and Mister Car Wash will do the rest.

For hours and locations, visit their website.

Every dollar donated by Mister Car Wash this weekend as a result of this endeavor will flow through the Paso del Norte Community Foundation. Please note that Mister Car Wash is unable to accept cash donations.

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Update 8/8 9a

EPStrong Counseling Co-Op Established to Assist Border Community

In the coming weeks and months, residents in our borderland area   may face many emotional challenges when dealing with the recent tragedy that has affected so many people in our community.

Emergence Health Network (EHN) together with Atlantis Health Services and the El Paso Psychiatric Center have established the EPStrong Counseling Co-Op.

“El Paso is strong, but we are stronger together. For families or individuals who need a safe space or would like to speak to a behavioral health professional, our co-ops offer those opportunities.,” said Kristi Daugherty, Emergence Health Network CEO. “When a traumatic event occurs, the impact can be immediate or delayed. These counseling drop-in locations makes getting that help much easier.”

Mental health professionals will be available at five different “drop-In” locations throughout the city.

No appointments are necessary.  Counseling provided free of charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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El Paso Delegation Statement on Meeting with State Leaders

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement on behalf of the El Paso delegation:

We had a productive initial meeting. The state is providing $5.6 million in immediate state agency assistance, and  Gov. Abbott is working to find additional resources to support our community, including services for first responders and victims.

State leaders pledged to work with the El Paso delegation to address gun violence driven by white nationalism. We all agreed that gun violence and white nationalism are pressing issues. Gov. Abbott, in his remarks, was frank about calling the shooter a white supremacist and his actions domestic terrorism. All leaders, from local to state to federal, must reject the ideology of white supremacy. 

The Governor’s office will announce further actions soon, including round table discussions on policy solutions. We are #ElPasoStrong, and as our community heals, we will work to find solutions so this does not happen anywhere else. 

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Cowboys Make Donation To El Paso Victims’ Fund

FRISCO, Texas – In the wake of the recent tragedy in El Paso, Texas, the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation and the Dallas Cowboys have committed $50,000 to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ Fund, established to assist those families affected by the August 3 shooting.

The El Paso Community Foundation is working with the County of El Paso and the City of El Paso to help those impacted by Saturday’s incident.

The El Paso Community Foundation has waived all administrative and credit card fees associated with donating to the families. The City of El Paso encourages anyone wishing to make contributions to the victims click here.

The NFL Foundation, of which Cowboys Executive Charlotte Jones Anderson is the Chair, will also be announcing a donation of $50,000 to the El Paso effort later today.

“Our hearts and support are with the entire El Paso community and especially with the families of the victims of this very tragic event,” said Anderson. “Our organization has long enjoyed a wonderful following from the people of El Paso, and our wish is that so many others in Texas and around the country will be inspired to assist the loved ones who are grieving.”

The Dallas Cowboys have very close ties to the City of El Paso as a very large percentage of the area’s football fans have been strong supporters of the Dallas Cowboys for decades. The Cowboys annually activate community outreach programs in the El Paso area – including youth and high school football camps and public education grant opportunities.

Additional outreach opportunities will be promoted as scheduled for local North Texas residents wishing to support the El Paso Community Foundation and the Victims’ Fund.

The El Paso Community Foundation was established in 1977 to foster philanthropy and provide a long-term endowment to address the unique opportunities and challenges of the El Paso, southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez region. Today, the El Paso Community Foundation provides a wide-range of philanthropic services in the region as a grant maker, convener and leadership organization to the community.

In the area of community service, the mission of the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation is built upon an overall philosophy of helping those who do not have the strength, the resources or the means to help themselves.

story via DallasCowboys.com

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COMMENTS / EMAILS from around the world supporting El Paso.

Via email from The Wolf

Out of a desire for malice, out of ignorance, whites are racist through their own education.   Even the nicest white friends say the most horrendous, insensitive & racist things. It’s no longer a surprise, just surprising it didn’t come out sooner. Whites lack empathy, they lack understanding, they lack a broader sense of human connection, they lack a sense of respect. Here is the caveat; It’s not all whites, but a large majority.  I haven’t met many that aren’t. Perhaps it’s how they are wired, their DNA must not permit change, or tolerance.  Whites can be cool with Hispanics but call blacks the N word. It’s a WTF? kind of head scratcher.  Maybe they’re stupid.  What whites really are is trained white.  Whites are taught this agenda by their families, by great grandpappy’s, grandpa’s and fathers.  It’s a generational thing with them.  Whites do NOT recognize the chains that bind them and thus, cannot break free. People worldwide are breaking generational curses, and traditions for their betterment.  Whites though, are sitting mouth agape and clueless. They talk about making America Great Again….. but which era do they mean?  The 1800’s?, the 1940’S, 50’S 70’S?  Which one?  The era where they owned black slaves? The era where it was ok to bathe Mexicans at the border in El Paso, the era where they could insult and mistreat women? The golden years of mistreating, killing people because they were not white? What era do these imbeciles mean when they say that malarkey? What MAGA really means to whites is let’s not evolve, let us not face the future, let us not embrace change. Whites seem perfectly content with it all.  Those are unintelligent wishes by white America. I agree with MAGA but in a very different way never before seen in America.  Now, the real MAGA, is a nation were America is not a white America but a peaceful America. Where laws apply equally to all, and not favor whites or anybody, be they rich, powerful, beautiful etc.  A place where we are concerned more about humans than about skin color or nationality. Where Americans truly are a land of immigrants that all positively contribute to a nation’s greatness.  The world is done with “speak English” you’re in America nonsense. Americans traveling abroad are incapable of at attempting to speak the native tongue themselves.  One language is not better than two is it?  Citizens of most other countries speak 2 or more languages, yet the white citizens of the “greatest country in the world” remain in the darkness of their monolingual world, mocking and disparaging multilingualism worldwide.  How foolish. That is akin to shouting I HAVE ONLY ONE TESTICLE! at a beautiful woman. That was an awful analogy but the take away is there for those that understand. Whites train to be white.  Whites prefer to exist in a kind of white from long ago, that now has no place in this America. Whites are tying to fit a square peg into a round hole. They just can’t seem to embrace change, and their difficulty in adjusting to change has caused them to say untrue and imagined things about non whites  which have inspired acts of violence. Imagine that, whites inciting whites to murder Mexicans because a politician said Hispanics were murderers and rapists. Although Trump’s words were untrue, his words created a murderer.  The El Paso shooter, shot zero murderers, zero illegal aliens, zero criminals, zero drug dealers, zero human traffickers and zero rapists. He shot people.  He shot American citizens.  He shot a U.S. Army veteran. He shot people that, had they ever seen him struggling, would have offered to help him.  But he was taught, by his family or other whites (Mexicans would not have taught him this, duh) to be violent, taught to hate, taught to destroy. At age 21, this kid had learned all there was to learn about life, about other wonderful cultures, he had learned all about being American. He was done and in his profound wisdom drove hundreds of miles for hours to a peaceful community, just to kill. Not all white people think this way, just don’t be surprised when white people say racist things. They are being taught these things. Maybe it’s xenophobia, maybe it’s what being white is about. Maybe we are all God’s kids. MAGA, Mexicans Are God’s Also. El Paso is love.  El Paso is going to shoot back. Not bullets, but love and light. Whites don’t have enough bullets to stop El Paso Love.

All the best,

The Wolf

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Via email from Jürgen G. – Becheln, Germany

Dear Sirs and Madames,

I follow the news again and again when it comes to a rampage anywhere in the world. I also know that there will never be 100% security here. Maybe my suggestion can help reduce the number of victims in the future. I will not send this mail to Donald Trump. Although I am sure that my proposal will meet with great resistance, but it is worth a try when it comes to the protection of human lives.

Gun laws: How many more innocents do you want to bury? Most Americans want to be able to defend themselves, and that does not have to change. But a handgun is sufficient protection. Assault weapons and pump-action firearms should be banned in private homes. I am aware that many Americans love their guns, and there is no need to go changing that. There must be a great many firing ranges where people could safely store military-grade weapons in a single location, allowing them to pursue their interests whenever they want (separation of weapons and ammunition)

Ammunition for military-grade weapons should only be available at firing ranges. The firing ranges would be staffed by security personnel who would be responsible for making sure the weapons and ammunition are kept under lock and key. Security guards would keep the weapons and ammunitions safe during times when the firing ranges are closed. The manager of the firing range would keep the access code and the necessary keys safe 24/7. People would need to present a police certificate (clean criminal background check) to buy weapons. Personal weapons would need to be stored safely out of the reach of children and adolescents. Owning illegal weapons is a criminal offense.

Yours Sincerely

Jürgen G.

Becheln, Germany

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Via email from Randy C.

I SUPPORT your Right to Bear Arms – But with LIMITS!

First of all, it is important to understand that I consider myself a pretty staunch fiscal conservative that generally leans Republican.  I am also a believer in upholding the Constitution, but that means ALL of it, not just the parts that are convenient for me.  Specifically I support the 2nd Amendment, but not at the expense of children’s lives or ignoring the rest of the constitution, or the safety of our citizens.

Our founding father started with a Preamble that states “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

They then added Amendments to list our specific rights, including:

Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms. Ratified 12/15/1791:  A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

But, they also added:

Amendment 9 – Construction of Constitution. Ratified 12/15/1791:  The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

So, it seems pretty obvious that they intended to protect the right to bear arms, but based on Amendment 9, only if it does not to deny or disparage other rights provided in the constitution.  When the ownership of guns includes things like machine guns, assault rifles, and other weapons with high capacity magazines that can be used to kill dozens in a matter of seconds, I think it has just denied others their “domestic tranquility”, “general welfare:, and the “Blessings of Liberty”!

And for all those members of the NRA, as well as the politicians indebted to them, I have a simple message.   This is not about eliminating the 2nd Amendment. It is about deciding what arms and weapons are acceptable in the world we live in today.  It is not about taking away the right to own pistols, rifles, or shotguns.  It doesn’t even need to be about automatic or semi-automatic weapons.  We are talking about guns with high capacity magazines that can rip through the flesh of 25 people in a matter of seconds.  Many oppose changes to gun control to protect their right to have hunting and sporting rifles.  Does any self-respecting hunter need a gun that can fire 30 shots in 15 seconds without reloading?  If so, it is no longer hunting or sport!!   If it takes 30 rounds to down your prey, you need to take up fishing.  You may lean on the excuse that “We need those weapons to protect our freedom, but I have a news flash for you:  If our freedom is threatened, even these machine guns will not help.  The enemy is not going to appear marching over the hill or through the woods to try to capture your house!  If we are going to make the 2nd Amendment sacred, let’s not limit ownership just to machine guns!  Perhaps you need to add a couple of rocket launchers with a nuclear warhead to your gun cabinet!

Finally, I hear people use the argument that “banning assault guns will not prevent all these mass killings”.  To that, I agree.  So does that mean we just ignore the problem?  But if we ban them, maybe it will prevent SOME of them.  For me, or to any of the hundreds of family members who have buried loved ones, I bet they wished their loss would have been among some of them that were prevented.

I have said my peace, and without a doubt alienated friends, but this is an important issue, one of life and death.  If you are an adamant 2nd Amendment person, you will “shoot holes” in everything I have said, and that is your choice.  But I challenge you to do something.  If you are convinced that your right to own machine guns and assault rifles is so important, clip out the letter below, just fill in your loved ones name, identify your relationship to that person, and sign your name.  Read it to them, and ask them to keep it in a safe place so they can cherish it forever!  If you really believe in your 2nd amendment rights, stand up and have the guts to give this letter to your loved ones!

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Via eMail from pfabiani184

My heart goes out to the victims, family of the victims and the city of El Paso for the recent deplorable attacks on your citizens. Your healing will be a long and difficult journey. If there is a website where I can send any financial assistance to those that were victimized please let me know so that I may help in the healing process. I am disappointed that many politicians took advantage of this tragedy to promote hate and promote their political objectives for office, especially those that sought out financial donations for their cause, while the people of El Paso sought only to heal. This was not the time or place to promote and ask for donations to their party. Don’t we have enough hate. To the politicians that are taking advantage of this tragedy to promote themselves, please back off and leave the political rhetoric at home.

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Via email from Ofelia G.

Why have we not heard about the shooters family life.

Why have we not heard about the parents and life style.

I want to know his upbringing.

Does this ideology spill over to parents way of thinking?

I don’t think he acted on just what websites say but deeper roots to racism at home!

We are raising children to do what they want and give them so much that parents become afraid of them when they grow up.

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Via email from S myres

We used to live in El Paso and it was a good place to live….

However, there was not a BETO mouthing off all his hate, ignorance,  lies. It is HIS RHETORIC that creates hate, division, slander, and pure EVIL to any city or country.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH…Trump is not a RACIST,  he is NOT a FACSISIT or SOCIALIST or COMMUNIST…

These DEMOCRATS have got to SHUT THEIR ARROGANT NARCISSISTIC DESPICABLE DIAHARREA mouth

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Via email from Gordon S.

I was astounded to read about yet another mass shooting in the US ,when are they going to liten to australia and NZ ,NZ prime minister solved the problem within one fornight of a shooting ,ban all military automatic weapons ,when your constitution was framed the founding fathers had no concept of weapons available today outlaw guns and then only outlaws will have them

As an ausralian I feel deeply embarrassed for all americans

I live in Perth western Australia and have never been intrested in american politics but it is now starting to impact on my superannuation and may get australia involved in world politics not of our making

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Via email from Susan B.

The man who fills the role of your President does not deserve respect – I would turn my back on him and I would also shout him down with ‘Do something!” My father fought in the Second World War – the rise of Neo Nazis does such dis-service to those men and women who gave their lives and their life to fight against this evil!

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Via email from Rajend N. in Sidney, Australia

Trump contends it’s not guns but mental illness that is responsible for gun violence in America. In his letter in the Sydney Morning Herald ( 9 August ) Jeremy Smith wonders ” if Trump has stopped to consider why there is a disproportionately large number of Americans who suffer from mental illness “.

If it was not for that large number of mentally affected Americans Trump would not be elected President . A sane society would never elect such a misfit as president .

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Via email from MICHAEL M.

  1. HOPE THE PEOPLE OF El Paso FILE A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST Donald Trump FOR INCIING VIOLENCE IN THE CITY OF El Paso

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Via email from Susanna L.

In the last week we have witnessed additional horrific events with the usual response from the Trump administration and congress, silence except for the rote rhetoric we’ve heard so many times.    Since domestic terrorism has become an integral part of the American fabric and those who have the power to change it, i.e., McConnell and Trump, seemingly don’t care, I say the dark side has taken over, and the dark side emanates from the president and is passed to his hateful base.  The base, as we know, is predominantly white and racist and as I’ve come to accept, uneducated.   The reason I say uneducated is that they don’t seem to realize that they themselves are immigrants, yes generally of a different color, but they too “invaded” to use Trump’s favorite term and stole land from the Native Americans and then proceeded, to name a few examples, to enslave Africans, use Chinese to build infrastructure, put Japanese citizens in internment camps, and now demonize the “brown” people from Central America who take enormous risks in getting here to escape rape, murder and poverty.   Without the energy and contributions of our brown brothers and sisters, this country would come to a standstill!  We must finally admit that our country is racist and always has been.  I am struggling with the reasons for this and have come to the conclusion that humanity is greatly flawed, the dark side is real and those who seek it are currently running our country.

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Via email from Samar A.

In an attack of outright cowardice and terrorism, an attacker opened fire in a popular downtown area in Dayton, killing 9 and injuring 26 others.  This also comes on the heels of a tragic shooting that occurred in El Paso, Texas almost 12 hours earlier.

As an Ahmadi Muslim, I condemn this senseless and vile attack.  Terror, in any form, is unacceptable and against the fabric of any moral system.  I would also like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, who were only trying to enjoy a relaxing, fun night.  My earnest prayers are with them at this time.

Islam places tremendous importance on the sanctity of human life.  In the Holy Quran it states, “Whosoever killed a person..it shall be as if killed all of mankind” (5:33).

It is my hope and prayer that we can all unite in this tragic period in our history, where mass shootings have become not a blip but a deadly trend.  It is also imperative that we do not tolerate any form of violence or abuse as it eliminates any hope of a peaceful and prosperous future.

Sincerely,

Samar A.

Member, Muslim Writers Guild of America

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Via email from J.W. King – North Carolina

Oh God! Why El Paso?  I grew up on your streets. I attended your school’s there. My life was painted in El Paso.

Every other town I have lived, I have thought back to El Paso.  I’ve never cried for El Paso, except tonight.

I can’t be there physically, but mentally people of El Paso God is with you.

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Via email from JOANNE P. – CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND.

EL PASO LOSS

I got up  this morning to discover that while I had been sleeping El Paso had been thrown into darkness.  The type of darkness that on some days you will wonder if you will ever see a glimpse of the sun again.

But right now – I hope, somehow it may  lighten your load to know we are weeping with you.

One individual cannot bring down a City like El Paso.   From experience in I can tell you it  has the opposite effect.   And as each individual is ready there will be  A sunrise.

Take care of each other – “YOU ARE ONE”

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