On Ferguson, MO

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


#black lives matter

ferguson community watch posterAfter 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

One Response to “On Ferguson, MO”

  1. questiondeadlyforce December 28, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Twelve strangers without special skill or training are called upon to exercise their sense of justice and draw on their most astute perceptions of people. Each jury in its own way represents the best and worst of us as a society.

    — Seymour Wishman, Anatomy of a Jury: The System of a Trial, 1986.

    The grand jury of Ferguson, consists of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man. Nine votes are needed to indict.

    What can citizens do to bring fairness to the process? There needs to be a gap before any jury trial and automatic suspension of 3 months for any police officer in case of fatal shooting of unarmed person (even if found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter). Use of deadly force on unarmed is a clear sign of fear and cowardice. When justice is ruled by fear and not wisdom and compassion, then all we have is injustice and suppression of universal human rights.