WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT... THE NEW ZEALAND MASS SHOOTING?
Last night, 49 people were killed and dozens more seriously injured in a coordinated mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The local and global community is trying to make sense of such a tragedy and step up to help the victims.
As information is still coming in on the best ways to support the victims and community, let’s take the first steps together.
(this post will be updated as more information arrives. Last updated 18 Mar 2019)
Be like an extended family
Victims and families are facing mounting medical expenses and funeral costs, and are greatly in need of funds.
Sponsor their recovery by donating towards immediate expenses and psychological support. Try these top, verified organizations:
Be critical of what you share
In the wake of such tragedies, our newsfeeds might be flooded with misleading, inaccurate, and downright fraudulent information. This information can cause panic, interfere with a police investigation, or even put innocent lives at risk.
Any time that you “like” or share something yourself, you’re causing it to spread. Take a few minutes to do research that it's from a solid source. If you can’t find anything about it, then hold off - it might be fake.
Whether the source is a news site, alternate news site, or an individual who may claim to have a first-hand account, you can follow these simple steps to question the information and the source before you “like” or share.
TIP: keep an eye out for scams
If you want to donate directly to the victims, that's awesome and incredibly empathetic of you. But sometimes, scammers take advantage of this. Follow some tips to know if it's legit.
If you see multiple fundraiser accounts for the same thing, or if anything else looks fishy, report it. It might be fraud, and you can help protect others from being scammed.
Consider waiting a bit as information unfolds before donating money. Verified accounts will appear soon.
Take 15 min to get real on hate
We may not let hate groups represent us, but they are a global reality with dangerous repercussions.
Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with some lesser-known hate symbols (because not all groups flash a swastika).
Then, take a peek at the SPLC's hate map, which indicates confirmed hate groups in your state. The more you know, the more capable you are to report hard-to-spot hate in your neighborhood.
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