This is not just about Ferguson, MO. This is a real, systemic oppresive product in the usa, not just a perception. This is not a matter of taking sides of people it is about examining the causes that are producing conditions of hatred, hopelessness, and brutal retaliation. there is still time for us to come up on the right side of our humanity but we have got to do it together and QUICKLY with internal integrity. Without fear and without malice. – Pannavati
After the verdict in Staten Island, I agreed to stand on the busy corner of Fruitvale of MacArthur with signs that read #Black Lives Matter, #I Can’t Breathe. The first day there were two of us. Within a week we grew to 24. Silently, peacefully. Midst cars honking, folks with thumbs up, a black woman approaches each of us, looks us in the eye and says a heartfelt “thank you”. A young black male is noticeable surprised by what he sees, returns after walking away, smiles and asks for a photo to show his friends and whispers “thank you” as he leaves.
I experience this showing up differently than social justice work I have done in the past. First I don’t experience it as work. Further, it is not an “I” saving, working for, or intervening for a “you”. I experience the connection of my well-being directly linked to another’s well-being. I experience our “interbeing”. There is no separate self. There is no gap between body and mind. Simply showing up.
Relfection and images by Jenn Biehn — Dharmacharya Student — Exerpt from a Dharma Talk