Category Archives: Antiracism
Driven by hunger,
driven to violence,
driven in battle,
driven from home.
The New Sanctuary Coalition encourages this action as a witness on New Year’s Eve:
Share a picture or video of your lit candle and tag us. Use the hashtags #lightacandle #dontlookaway #FreeThemAll
Watch for my picture. I hope to see yours.
Accumulated over 10,000 steps each day. No focused exercise on any of the days so no real play list. On 29 December 2019, these were the songs that played through the day:
Wounded Knee – Micki Free
Wovoka – Redbone
Sitting Bull’s Medicine Song – Kevin Locke
Ghost Dance – Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Heart of the World – Mary Youngblood
Sacred Praises – Brule
Shimmer Prayer for Cleaning the Water – Joy Harjo
Red Streaking into the Water – R. Carlos Nakai
Dreams of Wounded Knee – Bill Miller
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Wounded Knee – Walela
In honor of Congressman Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, sharecropper’s son and a giant for justice. Assembled this morning, this playlist features songs about Baltimore, songs from artist with connections to Baltimore, and songs by Fannie Lou Hamer – a sharecropper’s daughter, a sharecropper, and a giant for justice.
Walk. Morningside Gardens.
On Being a Sharecropper – Fannie Lou Hamer
Run Mourner, Run – Fannie Lou Hamer
Streets of Baltimore – Gram Parsons
Silver – Rik Ocasek
Raining in Baltimore – Counting Crows
You Think You’re a Man – Divine
Baltimore – Audra McDonald
Precious Lord – Fannie Lou Hamer
Baltimore – Nina Simone
This Little Light of Mine – Fannie Lou Hamer
Baltimore – Lyle Lovett
Road to Hell – André De Shields
Baltimore – Randy Newman
Baltimore Fire – Charlie Poole
Baltimore – Prince
I Know Where I’ve Been – Queen Latifah
Amazing Grace – Fannie Lou Hamer
We honor the memory of Andy Henriquez, 19 years old. He begged for medical attention in solitary confinement on Rikers Island. He died there due to neglect in 2013.
From time to time, I have had the honor to stand with the community working to close the jail complex on Rikers Island and replace the jails with smaller justice centers based in four of the New York City boroughs. People directly affected by the Rikers jails led this effort.
Today the New York City Council voted on a proposal. I joined the community for a rally in the time before the vote. Participants were invited to read brief statements honoring individuals who had died on Rikers.
I read the words about Andy Henriquez. He was arrested for participating in a heinous crime. He was held for three years without a trial. He was held in solitary confinement. He complained of pain and called for medical attention as did others held near him.
He needed to be held accountable for his role in that crime. But that would have involved a speedy trial. And it would not have involved dying alone in a cell. Whatever he did, whatever he did not do, as a child of God, he deserved better. So did Mohamed Jollah for whose brutal murder Andy Henriquez was arrested. So do all people.
May today’s New York City Council vote mark steps on the journey to a criminal justice system that emphasizes restoration and rebuilding community.