This week in the news you've probably heard about the new push to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House building in Columbia, SC (and that the Confederate flag was used in the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and running mate Al Gore - and, that several U.S. businesses have now stopped selling the Confederate flag). You may have heard that the Pope says that humans, not God, have created "climate change" and that anyone who manufactures guns can't call themselves a Christian. The AP published a photo which appears to show a gun pointed at Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz's head. Obama said n*gger in a radio interview. A 19-year old North Carolina kid plotted to kill 1,000 people in the United States on behalf of ISIS. ISIS awarded women as sex slaves to their members who could remember verses from the Koran the best. Oh, and there was another post on twitter from some loser about how he can't wait to wake up to see an attack in the UK, the US, or to see Pamela Geller beheaded (the Twitter user who posted this threat has been suspended, so I can't provide you with this link). Actually, it's not AS likely that you heard those last 3 stories as it is that you know about the phony "remove the confederate flag" BS story that is saturating the 24-hour cable news cycle or about how a stupid, female prison guard smuggled hacksaw blades inside of some frozen meat in order to help those 2 murderers escape a New York prison.
Since last week's murders in Charleston, the city of Charleston has descended into riots, half the city is on fire, 1000's have been injured, and 100's have been arrested. No. Nothing in that last sentence is true. What is true is that since those 9 innocent people were murdered in church, the people of the city of Charleston have put on a CLINIC about how to respond to an injustice in your community. There have been a couple of reports of two different statues being tagged with some graffiti. That is all that I've seen that has gone wrong in Charleston since the murders.
Given the news stories that are enveloping the daily news cycle, I wanted to bring you something that you may have missed that happened this past Sunday in the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Have you heard about the "peace march" or about the "Unity Chain for Charleston" or the "Hands Across The Bridge" event?
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"We are #CharlestonStrong as victim families lead the way! What a statement. "
On Sunday, June 21st, 10,000 to 25,000 people (the estimates I've seen greatly vary) converged on the bridge for the "Unity Walk for Peace". It wasn't all white people, and it wasn't all black people. It was a melting-pot-like mixture of both races coming together and unifying for peace. Peace between races. Peace in their city. And, peace in this country.
Ferguson...Baltimore...you need to see ALL OF THIS (Nothing included below is posted in any particular order...just take it all in):
This is the best video I have come across the depicts what happened just PRIOR to the march:
This video is an "extention" of the above video. It shows more of what happened prior to the march. Skip ahead about 4 or 5 minutes to get to the point at which the above video ends:
This is the best video I have found OF the actual event:
We are #CharlestonStrong as victim families lead the way!What a statement. #CharlestonUnityChain @AndyParas @SCMitchP pic.twitter.com/1ev1ncfFP0— Barrett Caldwell (@Bear_Caldwell) June 21, 2015
READ: Walkers link arms across Charleston's Ravenel Bridge
*****This picture shows the bridge, which is full of walkers, boaters under the bridge who attended, and the Emanuel AME Church in the foreground (lower left) of the pic:
Amazing experience seeing thousands of people of all age, race, and background come together for #Unity and #Peace in #CharlestonUnityChain . Thank you all for reminding everyone that this city is beautiful because of the people who live here. #CharlestonStrong #Charlestonshooting #EmanuelAME9 #WCBD #BridgetoPeace #Holycityheli
Keeping This Post Real...
The funeral for Chris Singleton's mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, is Thursday at 12 p.m. at Emanuel AME Church. pic.twitter.com/7VK6lcEcNb— Charleston Southern (@CSUNIV) June 21, 2015
The energy here is incredible. People are cheering, clapping, hollering. Amazing. #BridgetoPeace #CharlestonShooting pic.twitter.com/eetly64tJJ— Deanna Pan (@DDpan) June 21, 2015
"Love never fails." "Be devoted to one another on brotherly love." #bridgetopeace #CharlestonUnityChain pic.twitter.com/7QkFqvGJHR— Deanna Pan (@DDpan) June 22, 2015
At the end of the bridge on the Mt. P side was this chalk mural honoring the #CharlestonShooting victims. pic.twitter.com/EHOMeMwLZW— Deanna Pan (@DDpan) June 22, 2015
And this young duo was playing "Amazing Grace." #BridgeToPeace #CharlestonUnityChain pic.twitter.com/HjTb4cJ0Vm— Deanna Pan (@DDpan) June 22, 2015
The Hope Fund for #MotherEmanuel has doubled since yesterday. As of 9am, $377,425 has been donated. How you can help: http://t.co/YhDmtq9xSi— WCBD (@WCBD) June 23, 2015
I think this video depicts part of the 9-minute moment of silence (1-minute for each victim). I saw it reported in a couple different places over the past week that this 9-minute moment of silence was to occur. I have not seen video of it, nor have I seen any reporting to verify that it actually did occur. Nevertheless, here's about 1/2 a minute of what appears to me to be a "moment of silence":
Photos from the helicopter above the #BridgetoPeace event tonight #charleston pic.twitter.com/BtFRx1wD1P— ABC News 4 (@ABCNews4) June 22, 2015
There was a livestream of a benefit concert held on Monday night in Charleston, also. The link to the Ustream event is included in this post, but they don't have the video of the concert listed on their Ustream account (which stinks): Pour House to live stream sold-out benefit concert for Emanuel AME
Keeping This Post Real...
Funeral services set for #CharlestonShooting victim Cynthia Graham Hurd. http://t.co/DuB1aVo2Ym #chsnews pic.twitter.com/zmHDQ82Hyy— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) June 23, 2015
THIS is #CharlestonStrong. Life is best lived with others. Just amazing. #CharlestonUnityChain @AndyParas @SCMitchP pic.twitter.com/iWno5m5gx9— Barrett Caldwell (@Bear_Caldwell) June 22, 2015
When #CharlestonUnityChain connected, there was strength & joy. Love in the Holy City. #CharlestonStrong @AndyParas pic.twitter.com/uoh8aXHZJ2— Barrett Caldwell (@Bear_Caldwell) June 22, 2015
Of course...the Westboro Baptist Bastards will be "picketing" the funerals of Charleston 9...that explains this tweet:
Ditto! Where IS the coverage???
Here's the woman who's idea it was to organize the "Unity Chain" in Charleston...good on her:
WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charleston News, Sports, Weather
And, you'll most likely not find a more unifying message anywhere than the one seen in this 2-hour+ church service from Emanuel AME Church...from this past Sunday.
THANK YOU TO THE AMERICANS IN CHARLESTON, SC WHO HAVE SHOWN THE WORLD HOW TO REACT WHEN AN INJUSTICE ACT IS PERPETRATED ON YOUR COMMUNITY. If HALF of the USA was as good as Charleston, we all would benefit. The USA has a long way to go to GET THERE.
Thank you Charleston. You're an inspiration.
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