THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
My heart goes out to ALL victims of gun violence – there were 2 more incidents this weekend, in El Paso and Dayton, and these were the 250th and 251st mass shootings this year in America (click here to see a full list in 2019). In comparison, there's been one mass shooting this year in Canada and three in Mexico. It’s terrifying and we all need to be very, very concerned…and my response will be to TAKE ACTION. I don’t believe the solution is to take everyone’s guns away, but in my opinion: assault rifles need to be used only by the military, we need stronger gun legislation, and the NRA's influence on gun control legislation needs to be addressed . If you are concerned about gun control legislation, please call your representatives in Congress on a daily basis (click here for a full list of who represents you). And get involved with or make donations to any of these groups advocating sensible gun control: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Every Town for Gun Safety, Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Action, Moms Demand Action, Sandy Hook Promise, and Stop Handgun Violence. What’s going on in Houston regarding this issue? Mayor Sylvester Turner held a vigil last Sunday for the shootings, and he also has an active task force, the Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence. And over at Christ Church Cathedral, I hope you can join me at the final screening of their “Summer Documentary Film Series.” They are screening the very timely film “Newtown” on Wednesday, August 21, 6-8pm. The event features a delicious free dinner (donations encouraged!) and a discussion following the screening. All the details are below.
This week’s VIDEO PICK is a short film about the history of the beautiful Julia Ideson Library – named after Houston’s first librarian! I hope you’ll visit it sometime soon, we are so lucky that it’s so well-preserved. Here’s a great opportunity to see it next week: on Wednesday, August 14 Pop Shop America is hosting a “DIY Origami” 21+ event from 6:30-8:30pm. For $36, you can listen to music, enjoy complimentary beer and wine along with savory treats, and enjoy cool crafting.
Summer is winding down…but August is still on the calendar, my friends! If you’re looking for summer day camps for these last days before school starts – doncha worry! You can search my HUGE database of over 200 camps at www.DayCampsHouston.com and special this week, you can peruse my groovy list of August camps, below. I worked hard to round them up – please check them out and support those orgs that keep going all the way through the end of summer. God bless ‘em!