Category Archives: Antiracism

15 January 2021

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Walking. Germantown.
Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder
Like a King – Ben Harper
By the Time I Get to Arizona – Public Enemy
Wade In the Water – Fannie Lou Hamer
Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Mahalia Jackson
Proud to Be Black – Run-DMC
One – India.Arie
Pride (In The Name Of Love) – U2
One Vision – Queen
Why? (The King of Love Is Dead) – Nina Simone
Wake Up – Rage Against the Machine
Take it from Dr. King 4:32 Pete Seeger
Letter to the King – The Game (feat. Nas)
Letter To Dr. Martin Luther King – Sweet Honey In The Rock
Heaven Will Welcome You Dr. King – Big Maybelle
Glory – Common & John Legend

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Faith Leaders Sign-On Letter Opposing Federal Executions

I signed on to a letter opposing federal executions. I invite my clergy friends to join me. Here is the information:

In Collaboration with Clergy Emergency League, Red Letter Christians, Vote Common Good, L’Chaim: Jews Against the Death Penalty, and others…

As ministers to many of our greatest societal problems, we advocate for systemic solutions to violent crime that address our communities’ needs for justice, equity, and love, not vengeance. In this moment, the first step we are taking is to raise awareness among citizens and members of our congregations about the new crass and harsh ways the death penalty is being implemented. Thus, we call for an immediate halt to the executions that have been scheduled by our federal government.

It has been 131 years since the last time there was a federal execution under a lame duck president. But already, there have been post-election executions on November 19, December 10 and December 11, 2020, and now three more are scheduled for January 12, 14 and 15, 2021. The final execution is set on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Details of these cases raise questions of innocence/culpability, issues around serious mental illness, intellectual capacity, fairness, racial bias, and other horrific issues that plague our modern death penalty.

Between July 14 and December 11, 2020, the federal government has overseen 10 executions. The alarming speed with which these executions have been scheduled and carried out should deeply trouble all Americans.

Join me in signing the letter opposing federal executions.

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#FreeThePeopleDay!

Tomorrow is the 4th annual #FreeThePeopleDay! On New Years Eve in 2017, the Community Justice Exchange started this initiative. This year the CJE, the New Sanctuary Coalition, and others, again call people to donate the cost of a drink to their local community bail or bond fund.

Freedom means freedom from cages, and it also means freedom to thrive. Support the holistic freedom of your neighbors and donate to a local mutual aid effort, community bail fund or immigration bond fund. Find a fund in your area.

Tricia and I are in. We will give to the Louisville Community Bail Fund project of BLM Louisville.

Thank you if you choose to participate.

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Light a candle – New Year’s Eve

I will join my friends in the New Sanctuary Coalition in lighting a candle on New Year’s Eve. Will you join us?

In 2020, too many lights were dimmed by COVID19.

Immigrant, migrant, and refugee communities have been devastated by the impact of the virus and by the family separation the U.S. immigration system has wrought.

Thousands of our Friends are still detained, and in danger, and ICE is responsible. Thousands more live in constant fear of being torn from their families and communities at any moment.

Let us come together in community and solidarity with those in limbo at the border and in detention all over the United States. Let us keep those who have been unjustly stripped of freedom in our hearts. We will not look away from injustice and inhumanity. ‪

At 11pm on New Year’s Eve, let’s light‬ up the night sky and illuminate the the freedom we will continue to fight for. Share a picture or video of your lit candle and tag us. Use the hashtags #lightacandle #dontlookaway #FreeThemAll

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18 December 2020

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Immigrant – John McCutcheon
Unité 75 – Daara J Family
The Refugee – U2
Refugee – Eric Bogle
Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
Deportees – Sweet Honey In The Rock
Migra – Santana
The Dreamer – Jackson Browne feat. Los Cenzontles
Ave Que Emigra – Gaby Moreno
The Migrant Worker – Jim Croce
Alien (Hold On To Your Dream) – Gil Scott-Heron
Immigrant Eyes – Willie Nelson
Gourma – Etran Fintawa
Take Me to Cleveland – Robert Neustadt
Look in Their Eyes – David Crosby
A Safe Place to Land – Sara Bareilles feat. John Legend
Running (Refugee Song) – Keyon Harrold, Andrea Pizziconi & Jasson Harrold feat. Common & Gregory Porter
My Only Home – Unchained XL feat. Genesis Elijah & Femi Ashiru
Beyond the Border – Bhi Bhiman
Highwomen – The Highwomen
Why We Build the Wall – Patrick Page & Hadestown Original Broadway Company
La Jaula De Oro – Los Tigres del Norte
Cages – Redbait
Bad Hombres Y Mujeres – Antonio Sanchez
La Frontera – Lagartijeando Jallalla feat. Minük
Migration – Jonny Lipford
No Geography – The Chemical Brothers
Go Tell a Bird – Maya De Vitry
Amor Migrante – Elena & Los Fulanos
Godspeed (Dulce Suenos) – Radney Foster
The Immigrants – Gaby Moreno & Van Dyke Parks
No Human Is Illegal – The Wakes

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15 December 2020

Sitting Bull’s Medicine Song – Kevin Locke
2 Live & Die on the Plains – Frank Waln
The Little Bighorn March – Bill Miller
Garryowne & Valley Of Little Big Horn – Jack Gladstone
Wovoka (Re-Recorded) – Redbone
Ghost Dance – Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Sitting Bull’s Memorial Song – Lakota Thunder Veterans
Lakota Forever – Brulé
For My People – Litefoot
Now That the Buffalo’s Gone – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Assinboine: Warrior Death Song (for Sitting Bull) – Native Americans Songs and Dances of the Sioux, Apache, Kiowa, Hopi, Navajo, Cree, Seminole and Others
The Prayer – SupaMan
Aiionwatha Forgives (World) – Joanne Shenandoah
Heart Of The World (World) – Mary Youngblood
Life Surrounds Me – Paul Horn & R. Carlos Nakai

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15 September 2020

Walking. Gym in the Apartment.
Birmingham Sunday – Joan Baez
Mississippi Goddam – Nina Simone
4 Little Girls – Wendell Morrison
Alabama – John Coltrane Quartet
Birmingham Sunday – Rhiannon Giddens
El encarguito – Guillermo Anderson
Like a Tree (En Vivo) – Passiflora
Un Día Más – Lya Barrioz
¿qué Hay De vos? – Gaby Flores
Love Make the World Go Round – Jennifer Lopez & Lin-Manuel Miranda
When a Woman – Shakira
Luz De Mi Vida – Los Lobos
La Jaula De Oro – Los Tigres del Norte
El Pueblo Unido Jamàs Serà Vencido – Inti-Illimani

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12 September 2020

Walking. Slow jogging. Germantown. #Gaza5K
This playlist was built before the date of the Gaza 5K had been announced.
There are parallels.
Steve Biko – Beenie Man
Steve Biko (Stir It Up) – A Tribe Called Quest
Biko – Peter Gabriel
Biko’s Kindred Lament – Steel Pulse
The Death Of Stephen Biko – Tom Paxton
Long Walk To Freedom (Halala South Africa) – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Prisoner – Lucky Dube
Kazet – Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens
Not Yet Uhuru – Letta Mbulu
Tomorrow Nation – O’ Yaba
Hellfire – African Jazz Pioneers
Unfinished Story – Stimela
Nkosi Sikelel ‘IAfrica – Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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18 July 2020

Walking. Morningside Park. NK Body Philosophy.
Mandela – Hugh Masekela
Nelson Mandela – Special AKA
Happy – Pharrell Williams (rest in peace Representative John Lewis)
The following songs are by Wouler Kellerman & Soweto Gospel Choir & KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic
Asimbonanga / Biko
Nomalanga
Different Colours, One People
Mathebethebeni
A Madiba Wish
Mandela Medley
Rainbow Nation
Jikele Maweni
Thula Baba
Lizalis’indinga Iakho/Senzeni Na/Thina Sizwe
Soweto Travels
Black President
Wasiqoqela Ndawonya/Koloi Ena/Sizongena
Voice of Hope

Nkosi Sikelel ‘IAfrica – Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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A prayer for the Movement

A prayer for the Movement

The bad news, the sad news
kept coming through the day, O God.
The Rev. C.T. Vivian died in the morning.
Congressman John Lewis died in the evening.
Their deaths call to mind the death of
the Rev. Joseph Lowery but a few months ago
and the death of Emma Sanders last week.
Each worked for justice.
Each joined the struggle for civil rights, for human rights.
Each provided leadership to that effort.
We thank you for their lives,
their faith,
their courage,
their love,
their witness, and
their work.
We give thanks that they rest with you in peace and that they will rise in power.
Comfort their families and friends and all who grieve.
May their memories shine brightly
in our hearts, minds, and souls.
As we remember them,
may we also remember
the folk whose names are known to but a few,
but are written in your Book of Life.
The members of the Movement
for freedom,
for equity,
for justice.
As we remember,
may we be strengthened
to be outraged at injustice
wherever, however, it occurs
that we might take our place and do our part
in that Movement,
whenever, whatever that may be.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Note: the image of “folk whose names are known but to a few, but are written in your Book of Life” was first given to me by the Rev. Dr. Otis Turner.

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