I'M RAISING MONEY FOR THE ACLU BY MEDITATING FOR 8 HOURS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 20.
It would seem it's time for another meditation marathon.
As before, I find myself deeply troubled at the state of our nation. Along with the coronavirus outbreak and all the loss that's come with it, we've seen innocent lives taken in these past few weeks in an all-too-familiar pattern of police violence toward black Americans.
Here in Brooklyn, demonstrators have taken to the streets and curfews have been imposed for the first time since the 1940s. While the overwhelming majority of demonstrations have been peaceful, there has been violence on both sides, stoking deep-seated tribal tendencies and resentments.
I'm by no means immune and have found myself confronting an old familiar feeling of outrage. Outrage that my black neighbors live in a sense of existential fear of the officers who take an oath to protect us all. Outrage at the acts of violence by demonstrators and police alike. And, after losing a friend to the virus, outrage that so many folks — officers most of all — seem too tired or inconvenienced to wear a mask when lives are at stake.
When I see clearly, I'm aware that the same feelings of anger and fear that I'm experiencing are at the root of the very violence that evokes these emotions. In response to this hateful and destructive pattern, I'm choosing to take action to fight violence and injustice in a more quiet way.
I hope you'll support me in my efforts to raise money for the ACLU as I sit for a meditation marathon on Saturday, June 20. I'll be sitting for just over 8 hours, my longest session to date, and will need all the encouragement and support you can provide.
More about the ACLU...
The American Civil Liberties Union dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Their mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees. Together with their partners and allies, the ACLU is working to bring an end to our country’s long nightmare with police violence.