The Justice Revolution

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At the peaceful protest gathering in Kelowna BC for the Black Lives Matter movement. I took photo after photo until I realized I'd never fully capture the powerful moment I was in. After taking this photo and asking permission, a new friendship was formed. And that? That is beautiful.
I took photo after photo until I realized I’d never fully capture the powerful moment I was in. After taking this photo and asking permission, a new friendship was formed. And that? That is beautiful.

I haven’t done a live performance in a while. The world has and MUST take centre stage and I’ve been consumed.

The world is a stage. This is what you need to watch right now. Thanks to technology, I’m on the ground, running around with the protesters.

Stay Strong. Fight On.

I’m so sorry it led to this, this has been coming.

Everything has been tried. People are angry and scared. This isn’t the French revolution (the people without bread and “let them eat cake”) but the justice revolution. America needs to be accountable and change unacceptable behavior.

The land of materialism, movie set towns, and plastic surgery:

America – get real.

The “White” House. The white picket fence. America needs rebuilding.

Ignorance isn’t bliss. Being better is hard. Time to step up.

We learn what we’re taught. No one is born racist. No one is invincible. No one is indispensable. Windows are replaceable… lives are not.

“Please keep demanding justice and accountability, but let’s do it the right way without hurting each other. We can and we will make some real change here. Now is the time. Let’s make it happen, but safely.”
– Tamika Palmer (Breonna Taylor’s mother)
📸 ‘Protesters surround an LMPD officer in front of Bearno’s during a protest for Breonna Taylor, Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Louisville, Ky. Taylor, a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March. The protest organizers surrounded the officer and joined arms to make sure that the crowd did not touch him.’
📷 by Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP

There are good men and bad men, good morals and bad morals, good cops and bad cops. In Portland, Police provided demonstrators with a PA system so ‘they can be heard’.

WE MUST LISTEN.

“Can I get a hug?”

“Don’t Shoot”

“Care. You’re meant to care. Why don’t you care? Do the right thing.”

“Take off your riot gear, I don’t see no riot here”

I’m thankful that ABC 7 gave Dr. Cheryl Grills (a fantastic Professor of Psychology who offered solutions) a platform to speak but I’m disappointed by the majority of their live reporting (ie. “it’s a strange fact that people are wearing masks” (in a pandemic?!) and belligerently asking flustered, passionate rioters for “the answer”.

The media sells anger, mongers fear and stirs emotion.

It’s okay to be angry. There’s no proper way to be angry but I feel this anger is justified. 

I can try and help. I can try. I can care.

I know where I was born and the colour of my skin was like winning the lottery. I know that and that’s unacceptable.

Last night, a protester spoke of thanks for the “angels” in LA. In which Caucasian people came forward to help form barriers between other protesters and the police.

We need to protect each other. For we only have each other til the end.

“The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.” (Victor Hugo)

Speaking out of turn – hard. Interrupting your normal – hard. Not simply obeying the voice of prevailing authority –  hard. Thinking for yourself, believing in yourself, empowering yourself- Really hard and SCARY.

I’m so proud of the bravery of the protesters and my heart also goes out to so many cops, who without a doubt want to be on the other side.

We all need guidance. This can’t just be YET ANOTHER shooting.

“No one is born racist”
This photo represents a very real, nagging issue and has a story that relievingly takes you by surprise.
That Time I Was A Meme by Tara Tiger Brown
📷 https://medium.com/@tara/that-time-i-was-a-meme-a51d67ae2b43

Make as much noise as you can. Speak up.

Humanity needs humility.

Infact, humanity requires humility.

Humanity with humility ensures there is enough room for everyone at the table.

We need leaders who inspire trust and confidence, and who are wanting to engage in tough conversations.

Perhaps people in power/governance should be required to go through a series of non-negotiable testing (like almost all other jobs):

  • Medical (psychological)
  • Historical
  • Educational and
  • Ideological
“2019, Paris Cafe. Friend, Rips, Tara”
📷 https://medium.com/@tara/that-time-i-was-a-meme-a51d67ae2b43

Testing that’s regularly updated and complies with a sane and humane set of standards.

It’s a lot to ask but perhaps some potential solutions could be found if influential, respected, knowledgeable, insightful leaders such as Dr. Cheryl Grills, Obama, Beyoncé (etc.) congregated to brainstorm.

I can’t know or suggest an answer, but I can care.

C

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