Category Archives: Human Rights

Stop the execution of Rodney Reed

This is urgent. On November 20th, Texas is scheduled to execute Rodney Reed for the rape and murder of Stacey Stites. Horrible crimes. Crimes that Rodney Reed most likely did not commit.

Mountains of evidence exonerates Rodney Reed. All of that evidence was kept from the all white jury that convicted him. Instead, the evidence implicates the victim’s fiancé – local police officer Jimmy Fennell – who has a history of violence against women, including being convicted for kidnapping and sexual assault soon after Rodney was wrongly sent to prison.

Governor Greg Abbott has stopped an execution before. He can again. A huge public uproar right now could force Abbott to free Rodney Reed and stop this execution. Sign the petition today!

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Gov. Abbott should stop this execution because a significant amount of evidence points to Rodney Reed’s innocence. Executions are irreversible. There can be no do-overs. The lack of absolute certainty (which exists in many cases) should give significant pause before the state carries out this or any execution.

Let’s suppose, just suppose that Rodney Reed committed these crimes. That seems highly unlikely, but let’s suppose. Sound reasons still exist for halting this and every execution:
Executing people to keep people from committing crimes has proven ineffectual.
Execution lowers us to the level of those who kill.
The violence of an execution feeds violence.
Thou shall not kill.

We are better than this.

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Filed under Capital Punishment, Current Events, Death Penalty, Human Rights

Andy Henriquez – #CLOSErikers

IMG-0663We 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.

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Filed under Antiracism, Current Events, Human Rights, New York, Presbytery of New York City

26 September 2019

This one is for the young people who challenge us to care for the planet. Special thanks to abby  and to Nicole whose examples and work and action suggestions encourage   me to be more involved.

Slow jog / walk. Morningside Gardens. For the first time in this new effort, more jogging than walking occurred. Hence the switch in order.
Strength work. Stretching. Gym at the Shire.
Opening Song for the Maker – Joy Harjo
There Is a Garden –  Archie Roach
Ring around the Moon – Elephant Revival
Ain’t Gonna Drown – Elle King
Dragonfly – Ziggy Marley
Ideoteque – Radiohead
Agolo – Angelique Kidjo
Hermana Tierra – Laura Pausini
When Elephants Cry – Mayuka Thais
Tangaroa Whatamautai – Maisey Rika
Young People Marching – Raffi
all the good girls go to hell – Billie Eilish
Earth – Lil Dicky
Who’s Gonna Stand Up? – Neil Young
The Seed – Aurora
Globe All Warming – Niyorah
Earth Spirit – R. Carlos Nakai

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Filed under Current Events, Exercise, Friends, Human Rights, Music, playlist

25 September 2019

IMG-0555In memory of Aleyah Elaine Toscano and all the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Walk/slow jog. Morningside Heights.
Stretching. Gym at the Shire.

Nikki Shawana – Sister Round Dance Song (MMIW Honour Song)

Song for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Jayda Gadwa

Qiksaaktuq – Tanya Tagaq andToronto Symphony Orchestra

The Highway – N’we Jinan Artists, Kitsumkalum First Nation, BC.

Highway of Tears – Layla Zoe

Run Sister Run – Cass McCombs
Inspired by the run of Métis activist and athlete Tracie Leost to raise awareness about Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women

Performance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – music by A Tribe Called Red

Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume, feat. Chantal Kreviazuk

Indian City – Through the Flood

Blackbird – Emma Stevens (in Mi’kmaq)

Say Her Name – Bear Fox

I wore the red I have. The hat is from the University of New Mexico.

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Filed under Current Events, Exercise, Human Rights, Music, New York, playlist

9 August 2019

Treadmill. Stretching. Gym at the Shire.
The Art of Survival – Bill Miller
Brave Hearts – Brule
Native North American Child – Buffy Sainte-Marie
No More – Fawn Wood
Hawai’i ’78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
We Are Here – Sharon Burch
Akua Tuta – Kashtin
Tell Them We Exist – Luis Cachiguango
And We Will Fly- Mary Youngblood
Imina Imina – Indigenous Inuit People
Rashaida Dance – Indigenous Rashida People
Untitled – Indigenous Turkmen People
Bistaita – Bunun People
Danse Des Toka Nod – Kanak People
He Toa Takitini/ Ka Tohia Atu Koe/Ki Okoiki – Maori People
Mbumbusa – Hoiata Musicians

 

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Filed under Exercise, Human Rights, Music, playlist, United Nations

3 August 2019

Treadmill. Gym at the Shire.
Walking. Morningside Gardens.

Nikki Shawana – Sister Round Dance Song (MMIW Honour Song)

Song for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Jayda Gadwa

Qiksaaktuq – Tanya Tagaq andToronto Symphony Orchestra

The Highway – N’we Jinan Artists, Kitsumkalum First Nation, BC.

Highway of Tears – Layla Zoe

Run Sister Run – Cass McCombs
Inspired by the run of Métis activist and athlete Tracie Leost to raise awareness about Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women

Performance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – music by A Tribe Called Red

Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume, feat. Chantal Kreviazuk

Indian City – Through the Flood

Blackbird – Emma Stevens (in Mi’kmaq)

Say Her Name – Bear Fox

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Filed under Current Events, Exercise, Human Rights, Music, playlist, tennis

2 August 2019

Treadmill. Gym at the Shire.
Walking. Morningside Gardens.
For Mauna Kea
Ko’u Mana’o – Rebel Zion
Rise Up – Ryan Hiraok, ft. Leala Kawaauhau
We Are Mauna Kea – Sons of Yeshua
Draw the Line at Thirteen – Brad Bordess
Stand Up and Rise – One Rhythm
E Ala E – Hawaiian Roots Band
E `Oni A Pa`a – Hawane Rios
Of Stars & Of Stone – Mr. Kapu, ft. Ka​`​ale
Everybody Wants to Be Somebody – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley & The Wailers
For Hong Kong
Sing Hallelujah to the Lord – The Island Choral Experience & Friends
March for the Beloved – Onesun, ft. Lee Ari
Do You Hear the People Sing? – Les Misérables

 

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