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get in the way.

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The Bloodiest Sunday 

Bloody Sunday was a cruel incident that occurred on March 7, 1965  in Selma, Alabama. Six hundred orderly protesters were ready to march to Selma on a Sunday to support the Voting Rights Movement. They were led by John Lewis, SNCC, and SCLC activists. All six hundred of them crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, but were blocked by Alabama State Troopers. The police commanded them to turn around, but the protesters refused. The police say ‘they had no choice’ other than to start shooting teargas into the crowd, and beating the non-violent protesters. Sadly, they hospitalized over sixty people. To this day, Lewis still has a visible scar on his forehead from Bloody Sunday. This week, I watched as you made one final trip over that bridge, in your casket, with Alabama State Troopers saluting you, and people holding you in their hearts for all you did for them. You will always be remembered as a brave and compassionate leader who truly led by example.

RIP, John Lewis, thank you for always getting in the way, and showing us how it’s done.

 

“you must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way… to get in the way.”

-john lewis

we.

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‘Friends Who Share Balloons’

 

“peace is not merely the absence of warfare,

any more than true health is simply the absence of a disease.

nor is peace simply a quiet state of equilibrium –

impossible to achieve in an evolving system.

though refraining from harm is an essential first step,

lasting peace is created by actively redressing harm done.

peace is a creative process of joining i and thou into a co-creative we.

it requires authentic communication, empathic listening, and wildly creative solutions.”

-anodea judith

 

 

 

image credit: willowdayflowerproject by gina – Leaves, Twigs, Iris, Geraniums, Lilacs, Delphiniums, Hydrangeas, Marigolds all got together and became “Friends who share balloons.”

 

each other.

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“people fail to get along because they fear each other;

they fear each other because they don’t know each other;

they don’t know each other

because they have not communicated with each other.”

– dr. martin luther king, jr.

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solidarity.

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 spent tonight at a rally

on the diag at the university of michigan

with mayor chris taylor addressing our city

as we stand in solidarity with charlottesville

and for all those who continue to stand against

 racism, hate, violence, and inequality 

organized in 10 hours

through grass roots movements

 and a lot of heart and passion

a police officer, a mayor, a photographer, a bagpiper, a retiree

and hundreds of others

all different

yet all here for the same reason

kindness.

“it is the kindness …that finally decides our fate.”
— barack obama

“walking through darkness with thoughts full of colors”.” ― prajakta mhadnak

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what a lovely day for a walk in ann arbor

with some of my friends and neighbors

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“today is one of those excellent January partly cloudies in which light 

 chooses an unexpected part of the landscape to trick out in gilt,

and then the shadow sweeps it away. you know you’re alive. you take huge steps,

trying to feel the planet’s roundness arc between your feet.”

― annie dillard

image 1 credit: ann arbor townies