We express our deepest sympathies to all affected by the horrific senseless tragedy in Las Vegas October 1, 2017. Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones. The heinous event occurred on the eve of the October 2 United Nations International Day of Nonviolence named in honor of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and birth anniversary.
A frustrated Gandhi commented on October 3, 1947: “Nobody now listens to what I say.”
Photo was taken October 6, 1947
Here we are 70 years later…
Real Las #VegasStrong:
Many people when they think of Las Vegas, they associate the community with the one-mile strip that attracts 40+ million visitors a year. In the heart of the largest mass shooting in “modern-time” the selfless acts, unity, and love shined a light on the true diverse Vegas community. Community members began lining up less than three hours after the massacre, and many stood in line with no complaints for 12 or more hours, in order to give blood as local businesses began delivering food and water to a virtual army of blood volunteers. The community has raised over $9,900,000US and rising for the victims in the immediate days following.
Our first responders, including local law enforcement, community hospitals, and emergency medical teams, working around the clock saving lives. The kind outpouring support of love and selfless cooperation are beautiful: mom’s turned into nurses, rideshare and taxi drivers furiously shuttling people away, mental health professionals providing disaster counseling, child care services offered immediately at no cost to family members of victims without hesitation.
We as a community are still shocked at what has transpired yet moved by the unified love and the overwhelming outpouring support from everyone. We are hurting, grieving, holding nightly vigils and we all will need time to heal. Together We Are #VegasStrong!
Gandhi grandson and founder of Las Vegas-based Gandhi Legacy Tours, Arun Gandhi, stated:
“The tragedy of Las Vegas need not have happened at all. It is a classic example of misunderstanding the principle and practices of democracy. For any democracy to succeed we must associate Human Rights with Human Responsibilities. One without the other makes a mockery of democracy. Unless we change our understanding of democracy and check our obsession with profits at any cost we are going to see more devastating violence which will mark the decline of human civilization.”
Our continued prayers go out to the victims, the first responders, the community of Las Vegas, America, and the World.
#VegasStrong #CityofLasVegas #LVMPD #Nonviolence #Gandhi
Lynnea Bylund is managing director of Las Vegas-based Gandhi Legacy Tour, Director of Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, founder of Catalyst House and has nearly three decades of experience in administration, marketing, and business development. She was a nationally recognized spokeswoman for the emerging alternative video and information delivery industries. She has a degree in holistic health-nutrition from the legendary and controversial health educator and activist Dr. Kurt Donsbach, she is the founder of two not-for-profit small business-based wireless trade associations and has lobbied on Capitol Hill and at the FCC where she has spoken out strongly against the cable TV monopoly, illegal spectrum warehousing, and ill-conceived congressional schemes to auction our nation’s precious airwaves to the highest bidder.
Ms. Bylund is a founder and former CEO of a Washington DC telecommunications consulting and management company with holdings in several operating and developmental wireless communications systems and companies. In 1995 Lynnea became the first female in the world to be awarded a Broadband PCS operating permit – she was one of only 17 winners, along with Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon in the biggest cash auction in world history, raising a whopping $8 billion. Lynnea also spearheaded the successful effort to launch the first cable TV network in the South Pacific islands.