Ron Faust of PeaceWorks-KC begins his poem thus: I am what I am Stricken by a pang in the leg Halted in my march to a higher calling Tired by people who can’t get along I rest in the journey to remember John Lewis
White people have no idea of the threat that police are to Black people. During the 7 years we have lived in our house, my husband has been stopped by two police for raking our front yard and asked, “Do the owners know you’re here?”
I'm writing this because my wife posted some instances of Racism she has seen me go through since we have been together in this house on the Southside of St. Louis. Those are just a couple of the things I told her about, because the other things were everyday Racism that just bounce off of me. I don’t want to have her living in fear that one day I might not come home.
Work on ensuring that Black educators are hired where Black children are taught. Work with your HR department to recruit Americans who are descendants of enslaved Africans. Donate to anti-white-supremacy work. Support Black businesses. Bank Black. These are a few of the actions white persons can take for racial justice, as recommended by Corinne Shutack.
“We are compelled to cry out against the murder of George Floyd,” says this letter from PeaceWorks-KC. “We cry out against all prior and continuing acts of violence toward Black, Indigenous, and other persons of color.”
Ron Faust, a former Disciples of Christ minister, wrote this poem May 31 on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police May 25. Faust’s poem begins: It was so visible, so wrong/In contrast to the death snarl/Of an invisible pandemic attack When an officer pressed the wind pipe/Of George Floyd to his death Even after he pleaded, “I can’t breathe”/Which took the whole world’s breath away
Peace activists gathered April 27 for a panel discussion and workshops on the theme “Race Issues ARE Peace Issues.” Sponsored by PeaceWorks-KC and moderated by Lucky Garcia, the event was designed to foster networking among local peace activists to more effectively address racism and violence in greater Kansas City.
PeaceWorks is sponsoring “Race Issues ARE Peace Issues,” a panel discussion and workshops, on April 27, Sat., 3-6pm, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KC, MO. This event aims to recognize and discuss violent injustices people of color face in the US and in KC, and to invite white activists to join in the fight for racial justice.
The irony that the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh became the scene of multiple shooting deaths on a peaceful Sabbath morning is a senseless contradiction, difficult to take in. We at PeaceWorks, Kansas City, join the nation in grief for the victims of the Oct. 27 massacre and their loved ones.
“This summer has witnessed a reckoning for U.S. political and social life, a rending tension of fear and exclusion for humans who have immigrated more recently, without legal documentation, to this culture. While the policies of immigration law have, throughout the national history, always sought to exclude, there is an especially violent escalation in the current moment of federal orders and actions. Offering welcome, refuge, and mercy all become the work of peace,” says Joseph Wun.