How To Help: Charleston Shooting

On the evening of June 17, 2015, a mass shooting took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The church is one of the United States’ oldest black churches and has long been a site for community organization around civil rights. Nine people were killed, including the senior pastor and state senator, Clementa C. Pinckney.

Want to help #‎Charleston? Here are four ways and sample social media language for sharing each action with your networks (copy or customize):

1. Donate to AME Church via the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund or the Reverend Pinckney Fund. More about both funds can be found here.

Sample social media language: How To Help : Donate to AME Church via the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund or the Reverend Pinckney Fund.

2. Donate to Movement for Black LivesIn July 2015, the first national convening of the Movement for Black Lives will take place in Cleveland. Donate to help racial justice organizations like Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, Concerned Citizens for Justice, Black Lives Matter, Ferguson Action, and BYP 100 continue to build the movement for Black Lives.

Sample social media language: How To Help : Donate to help racial justice orgs continue to build the Movement for Black Lives.

3. Send your condolences to the families of those lost and the people of Charleston via Color of Change.

Sample social media language: How To Help : Sign a card for the victims of the #CharlestonShooting via @ColorOfChange 

4. Join Everytown for Gun Safety in the #RisingForCharleston action.

Sample social media language: How To Help : Join @ for a National Call for Prayer & Action

Contact RPM if you would like to discuss these or any other ways to get involved. NOTE: we will continue to update and add to these recommendations as new developments and effective actions arise.