PeaceWorks Board member Joseph Wun was caught in a crowd by police for looking suspicious—for being a person of color, being young, and having a backpack. He still feels embarrassed at not being prepared for the incident. He also offers advice.
Grandparents Against Gun Violence hosted an engaged and dedicated gathering of grandparents, parents, sons, and daughters on a crisp autumn morning at UMKC. Keynote speaker Nicole Hockley, whose son died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, said, "My son's death was not an accident. It was preventable."
Initiate or deepen your own discovery of this city—its panoply of people from many nations and of many tongues—with a robust recognition of belonging at the level of the everyday, personal, and particular: food. I hope it can be an entrance into systemic questions of who plants, grows, harvests, and prepares food, of who owns, and how. Ask the vendors. Begin again with daily bread.