A force for change (US): Coping with grief through activism and advocacy

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published: 11 November 2017

Every tragedy, big or small, leaves behind victims and loved ones whose lives are inalterably changed. In some cases, survivors find themselves driven to become activists or advocates, finding meaning in the tragedy by fighting whatever caused it.

There are many examples making headlines all over the country.

Chris Hurst was an evening news anchor at WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, when his girlfriend, Alison Parker, a reporter, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were shot and killed during a live interview one morning in August 2015.

Eventually, Hurst left his spot at the anchor desk, inspired to run for office and address some of the issues that led to Parker’s death — though he stresses he’s not a single-issue candidate, and gun control wasn’t a focus during his campaign. On Tuesday, Hurst was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

Also this week, the uncle of Philando Castile — a black man killed by a police officer last year during a traffic stop — became a reserve officer in St. Paul, Minnesota. He plans to help be the change he wanted in the department and his community.

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