2014 brought us a lot of tragedy. We are leaving behind Akai Gurley, John Crawford, Kajieme Powell, Ezell Ford, Vonderitt Myers, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner. (Did I miss anybody? There’s just too many). RIP brothers.
But 2014 brought us some good too. The Black Lives Matter movement for one. People have questioned whether THE Civil Rights Movement was a once-in-a-lifetime alignment of the moon and the stars that can never be re-created. In other words, can we create an effective movement in the 21st century?
If ever there was a movement that could come behind THE Civil Rights Movement…if ever there was a time for such a movement…
BLACK LIVES MATTERS is the movement and the time is now.
What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Mine is to speak truth to power, to engage with people on issues of oppression of all types, and to participate, support and rally for the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement. Resolutions? Oh, I’m plenty resolved…to fight oppression.
I leave you in 2014 to ponder this video. Are you willing to sacrifice to end this type of abuse? Are you willing to be arrested? Are you willing to speak out? Are you willing to step up and say NO MORE?
This IS the movement and the time IS now. Here’s to 2015 and to the movement.