By Juan Jose Rodriguez
Search traffic for Canada PM Trudeau rising after Trump’s Muslim ban
In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive actions halting immigration into the United States from seven predominantly-Muslim nations, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been outspoken in his message welcoming refugees and others being turned away by the Trump administration.
The leader of the United States’ northern neighbor took to Twitter to offer hope to the men, women, and children whose religious beliefs stand in the way of their entrance into the United States.
Trump’s latest executive order banned roughly 218 million people from seven nations —Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — from traveling into the United States, though officials within Trump’s administration explain that the order is only the first step in what likely will be a much more wide-sweeping and comprehensive approach to eliminating foreign terrorism attacks on American soil.
With Trudeau preaching compassion to the refugees, traffic on Google for the 45-year-old Prime Minister has risen substantially as a stark contrast to Trump’s executive order. Searches pertaining to Trudeau and his message to the immigrants have increased by more than 2,000% in the last two days, with #WelcometoCanada becoming a trending topic after Trudeau’s post was retweeted nearly 400,000 times and liked by almost 700,000 accounts.
South Carolina churches remember victims of gun violence
The shooting at Emanuel AME in Charleston on June 17, 2015, which killed nine during a Bible study session, is one of the more highly-publicized attacks in South Carolina in recent memory. However, it is only one of a number of attacks that ranks the state sixth in the nation in gun violence, with nearly two victims every day, says the Center for American Progress.
Churches came together throughout South Carolina to celebrate Stand Up Sunday this weekend, which offers the communities an opportunity to remember those killed but also to spark discussions on how to limit — and eventually, eliminate — the epidemic of gun violence in the state.
Though the shooting at Emanuel AME occurred over 19 months ago, the intent of the weekend appears to have succeeded, as indicated by search patterns on Google over the last few days. While the name of the shooter, Dylann Roof, is the most-searched term of the group, Charleston residents still are interested in investigating the crime and its ramifications, which often is a death sentence. Most importantly, though, with the events of Stand Up Sunday, they are very concerned with the state of affairs in their home state and with what they might be able to do in order to bring the senseless acts to a screeching halt.