Moving Beyond ‘I Feel So Helpless’

Last night, a few hundred of us marched to the steps of the Colorado state capitol. There we stood in solidarity to bring peace, justice and equality to Ferguson, Michael Brown, people of color… Hell, all people!!
We could not have done this without Kenny Wiley, who brought us together in body and with his moving words.
Thanks, Kenny!

A Full Day

Mike Brown, Ferguson and Injustice

Moments away from addressing the crowd of two hundred, I panicked. Who could I draw upon for inspiration? My mind turned briefly to MLK–which made me feel even worse. Wow, Kenny, I thought to myself. You tweet a few times, co-organize a couple vigils and rallies and now you’re Dr. King. Real humble there, buddy.

Okay, so that wouldn’t work. I went over names and faces in my head. Fannie Lou Hamer. John Lewis. Ella Baker. Bayard Rustin. Dorothy Day.

Names flew by faster and faster. Two hundred-ish of my fellow Denver residents had joined together to honor Mike Brown and other victims of police violence, and to rally for justice and racial equality. I had volunteered to co-organize and to emcee the vigil itself.

Why had I done that again?

I’m just some guy who works at a Unitarian Universalist church. I’m not an ordained…

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