Cracking Open

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.   —Desmond Tutu

The first six months of 2020 have been a doozy. Just when we think it can’t get any worse, it does. After the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, I felt something inside me crack open.

I might be old, I might not have much influence or money, but I can’t sit back while our country careens out of control from one horror to another.

I have decided to become involved with the Poor People’s Campaign, an organization dedicated to “Building a movement to overcome systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy.”

A friend of mine has volunteered with the Poor People’s Campaign for a couple of years and has told me about the good work they do. She has heard Reverend William Barber, the organization’s  founder, speak in Portland. (Awhile back, I read a profile of Reverend Barber in the New Yorker, and I was impressed by his devotion to civil rights.)

Change doesn’t happen by itself. It takes hard work. It takes organization. It takes many voices.

I have decided to be one of those voices, however small.

I have had enough.

 

56 thoughts on “Cracking Open”

      1. Sadly yes.
        I am fed up of hypocrisy among educated people.
        I see many Indians talking agressively on what has happened in the US but they keep mum when similar events took place in India.

      2. Human nature, I’m afraid. No one likes to shine the spot light on their country’s troubles. In our case, in the United States, we can no longer pretend that everything is just fine. The coronavirus and the crashing economy have come together to show all the nasty chasms in our society. And then the murder of George Floyd. Too much! I hope this is time for us to move forward. It could be.

  1. I’m looking into this. Feeding people feeds them, but doesn’t do anything for justice. And hey, I got that beautiful flower yesterday! It brightened my day! Thank you.

    1. Glad you got the flower. As someone who volunteered at the town’s food pantry for about 14 years, I am all for feeding people. But, yes, we also need to work for justice. Those who withhold it do not easily change their minds. Unfortunately.

      1. Getting my creaky knees stronger so that when the pandemic is over, I can begin marching in protests. I have made good progress. On my exercise bike at least five days a week.

      2. I have felt guilty about not going to protests. But I am too obsessed with social distancing. I donated some money through BLM in penance for staying home in fear. Thanks for link to Poor People’s Campaign.

  2. My granddaughter wants to make some kind of financial difference, in addition to what I’ve already done (with stimulus money). I will share this with her. My ACLU membership was up for renewal, so I made the donation “in memory of George Floyd.”

  3. Good for you Laurie! Your post has set me thinking. I feel as if I do quite a bit in a quiet way to promote rolerance and equality but maybe I need to be more active in the bigger sphere though I have no idea how! More dog walks required for that!

    1. Yes, more dog walks! I, too, am not exactly sure about how I will be more active in the bigger sphere but I have resolved that I will be. Perhaps that is the start, and once we are open, how we will do this will become more apparent.

  4. Thanks for sharing the link. I have been trying to educate myself a bit better and checked out some of the reports. Some of the Vox reporting is helpful to read too.

    1. Here is a description from a recent email I received from the Poor People’s Campaign:

      Hi Laurie,

      Welcome to the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival! You’re now a part of a network of moral leaders in over 40 states who are shifting the moral narrative to bring much needed attention to systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy.

      You’re joining us at a critical time for the Campaign, here are three quick and easy ways to get involved:

      RSVP and join us for the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering on June 20, 2020, the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. We will be heard!

      Become a Campaign supporter. Chipping in just $5 helps continue to organize and mobilize in our communities. With your donation, we will hold our political representatives accountable until our demands are met.

      Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and spread our message. We post live updates on what state groups are doing across the country and let you know how you can make a difference in your community.

      The movement needs you, Laurie. The only way to make sure our Campaign continues to change the system is with members that take action together. We can seize this moment and demand that every elected representative respond to the real emergencies facing 140 million poor and low income people in America.

      Forward together, not one step back!

      Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II and Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis

  5. Laurie – I am with you. This past week has left me resolved to once and for all make a difference in this world. I am so ashamed that my country still allows white policemen to murder people of color.

    I appreciate your recommendation of The Poor People’s Campaign.

    Hugs to you. I know your tender heart is as sore as mine is. We will figure out a way to be better.

    On a happier note: I received a stunning flower in my mail today. You are an artist and a giver of joy. ❤

    1. So very grateful for my lovely, wonderful blogging friends who are sparks of light during this dark time.

      Yes, we will figure this out. Onward, ho!

      And thank you for the kind words about the flower photo.

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