I read in the paper today that some relatives of the September 11 victims are lobbying to create a day of service on 9/11, not a holiday – a memorial or labor day esque fiasco now known better for predictable sales than honoring those for whom the holiday was dedicated. I had the pleasure this week of photographing another set of activists: Colin Goddard, Lily Habtu, Omar and Randa Samaha, and Abby Spangler of the group, Protest Easy Guns. Colin and Lily were each shot during the Va Tech shootings and the Samahas are the siblings of Reema, who did not survive the shooting. Abby Spangler is a cellist, mother of two, and just someone who was motivated to help in the aftermath of the shootings. Together they are lobbying Congress to force mandatory background checks at gun shows throughout the country, to close the gun show loophole, which currently does not require background checks at these events. Certainly nobody chooses to be the victim of a crime or terrorist act. And while I am impressed by the activism of these people and those who would remember 9/11 with a day of service, I am sure that the act of doing something positive helps them in their healing processes, and makes a positive out of a negative, while of course never eradicating the act or the heinousness.
We don’t need to wait till Congress legislates a national day of service for 9/11 – we can honor them by just consciously going out of our ways to be kind or do something for someone. It doesn’t have to be monumental, it just has to be intentional.
Stepping off the soap-box now. Regular programming will resume shortly.