Like many of us, I am heartsick at the death of George Floyd and the subsequent violence some police used against those who have taken to the streets in nonviolent protest. I send a hearty thank you to the Livermore folks who marched by my house on Monday. You give me hope and courage. I would like to join the protestors, but like many of us, my risk from COVID-19 is high, so I continue to shelter in place.
That doesn’t mean I can’t do anything, though. All of us can do something. Here are some suggestions:
1. Send a letter or email to your representatives in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and your city. Tell them how you feel and what you’d like them to do. They are there to represent you.
2. Join and/or donate to a group that shares your vision and your values. Examples include Black Lives Matter, NAACP, and the ACLU. There is strength in numbers.
3. Stretch your mind and heart to see what you can do in your own life to be more of the solution and less of the problem. Listen, care, and act. Ask a friend to help keep you honest, because this third idea is the most difficult.
We must all do what we can to prevent yet another brutal death of a black man in police custody.