Lady Gaga Will Fund Classroom Projects In Cities Affected By Mass Shootings
“In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope.”
Lady Gaga speaks out after several mass shootings occurred in the US over the last few weeks. On August 9 she shares a lengthy Facebook post where she expresses sympathy for “those who were taken from us too soon and to their families, loved ones, and communities who are left to grieve”. She also promises to show her support in a more specific manner.
Gaga will be funding classroom projects in the cities of Dayton (14 classrooms will benefit), El Paso (125 classrooms will benefit) and Gilroy (23 classrooms will benefit). The singer will be working with the DonorsChoose.org and her non-profit Born This Way foundation which she founded in 2011 with her mum Cynthia Germanotta.
The cities named above all experienced a fatal mass shooting recently. Gilroy was first on July 28, followed by El Paso on August 3 and Dayton on August 4.
Lady Gaga writes in her Facebook post: “In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope. Hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves.”
The singers support for infrastructure is very important of course, especially because the government failed repeatedly to give this necessary support, but Gaga also emphasizes the importance of the support from individuals: “Surviving and recovering from these tragedies also means prioritizing your mental health and checking in on your loved ones.”
She ends her post by writing: “If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone. Don’t be scared to ask for help, I beg you. If you see a loved one struggling, please be brave and reach out, remind them it’s ok to not be ok, and listen to them. We cannot turn away from ourselves. We cannot turn away from our loved ones. We need each other. Don’t turn away.”
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