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Action in Times of Crisis

Posted By Mike Palladino, Monday, November 6, 2017

Brothers,

Once again, our nation has been struck with tragedy. Over the weekend a lone gunman opened fire on parishioners at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, during Sunday service. At least 26 people were killed, their ages ranging from 5 to 72. It is an event rooted in hatred that goes against everything good people value. It makes all of us less safe knowing a child cannot go to church on Sunday without his or her life being taken in another senseless mass shooting or that a man just out of college cannot walk down the street in New York City without being a target of terrorism. It leaves us all feeling lost, scared, and alone.

On behalf of Phi Kappa Sigma, I want to assure those affected by recent events that we stand with you in solidarity. Whether you are in Texas or New York or Las Vegas or anywhere else that has been a target of senseless violence and murder, we are here for you. To any Phi Kaps affected, our office is yours to contact if you need anything at all. We’re here, and if we cannot help directly, we will find someone who can.

Truly the saddest part is we already know what to say. We know what to say, but, unfortunately, very few of us know what to do. We are at a point where social media activism is not enough. There is peace to be found in helping others, which is why our Fraternity focuses so heavily on community service and involvement. Sometimes it is just difficult to know where to start.

That is why I am calling on all Phi Kaps, undergraduate and alumni, to take tangible steps toward making this world a better place. Do something today that helps others. The world appreciates your thoughts and prayers, but that can no longer be where we stop. I ask everyone reading this to do what you can for those affected by the unrest in our world. If you are able, donate blood or plasma. Give what you can to organizations helping communities and families rebuild. Organize a fundraiser (which can be done now with just a click). We can no longer sit idly by and do nothing.

I am exhausted and heartbroken to be writing another one of these statements. I, like all of you, just want peace. So please, do one thing today that helps others—and that’s where we’ll start.

Fraternally,

Mike Palladino
Alpha Nu ‘04
Grand Alpha

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