Call for Day of action and Peace: A change needed for our nations, our children, our world
In this time of turmoil in our country of adoption and in the world, I want to share the letter I receive from Ms. Hillary Clinton and that resonated deep in my heart. With these words, I want to start a petition for a day of dialogue all over the countries, in the United States of America, who champions for democracy worldwide. No matter how we gather, that can be in small groups or town hall meetings on September 4th, 2016 to talk, dialogue during Labor day, and make it a day of Forgiveness, Peace and Reconciliation. Let’s begin with something simple but vital: listening to each other. White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about seen and unseen barriers faced daily. We need to try, as best we can, to walk in one another’s shoes. To imagine what it would be like if people followed us around stores, or locked their car doors when we walked past, or if every time our children went to play in the park, or just to the store to buy iced tea and Skittles, we said a prayer: “Please God, don’t let anything happen to my baby.” Let’s also put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous job we need them to do. Remember what those officers in Dallas were doing when they died: They were protecting a peaceful march. When gunfire broke out and everyone ran to safety, the police officers ran the other way -- into the gunfire. That’s the kind of courage our police and first responders show all across America. We need to ask ourselves every single day: What can I do to stop violence and promote justice? How can I show that your life matters -- that we have a stake in another’s safety and well-being? Elie Wiesel once said that “the opposite of love is not hate -- it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death -- it’s indifference.” None of us can afford to be indifferent toward each other -- not now, not ever. We have a lot of work to do, and we don’t have a moment to lose. People are crying out for criminal justice reform. People are also crying out for relief from gun violence. The families of the lost are trying to tell us. We need to listen. We need to act. I know that, just by saying all these things together, I may upset some people. I’m talking about criminal justice reform the day after a horrific attack on police officers. I’m talking about courageous, honorable police officers just a few days after officer-involved killings in Louisiana and Minnesota. I’m bringing up guns in a country where merely talking about comprehensive background checks, limits on assault weapons and the size of ammunition clips gets you demonized. But all these things can be true at once. We do need police and criminal justice reforms, to save lives and make sure all Americans are treated as equal in rights and dignity. We do need to support police departments and stand up for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect us. We do need to reduce gun violence.