“Do not go gently into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light”
– Dylan Thomas
“Mommy, how come I can’t go with you to the rally?” my son, Garvey, tearfully asked as he said in the back of his father’s car. I’d just explained that it might not be safe for him to come with me, given the country’s sociopolitical climate during his moment of askance.
“It’s not safe,” his father reiterated. “Let mommy do what she has to do.”
“Baby, please know I’m doing this for you,” I told him, trying to reassure him that everything would be OK and that mommy just had some work to do. He continued to cry, and I believe he understood as much as his 7 year-old mind would allow him to process in the moment of “I want my mommy.”
In recent months, there have been entirely too many accounts of police officers in cities around the country using excessive force against civilians in ways that have led to severe abuse and even death. The stories of Eric Garner, Pearlie Golden, John Crawford, Marlene Pinnock, Denise Stewart, and 18 year-old Michael Brown have ravaged our hearts and stirred our souls.
We are tired of living in this police state where human rights and due process are tossed out of the window by people employed to protect and serve us.
I’m a social worker. I wanted to help. As tensions rose and ideas began circulating, I was prompted to call for a National Moment of Silence. Read about how it came to be here. Special thanks to Larry Stafford, Jr. and Scott Roberts of Freedom Side (@FreedomSide), Rachael (@alsorae), and the over 100 organizers around the country who held vigils with as few as 5 people to as many as 2,000+.
Flyer created by Rachael (@alsorae)
Want to know what happened? With the help of volunteers (Laura, Anastacia, Amanda, Jay, and D.A.), I’ve compiled a list of over 100 news sources documenting the ways in which we, the American people, made history. Here is a downloadable list with hyperlinks embedded.
You can also go to Twitter and search “#NMOS14” for more information and firsthand accounts of what happened. Despite attempts by “Anonymous” to co-opt the efforts and turn a Moment of Silence into a Day of Rage, the overwhelming majority of vigils remained peaceful and focused on expressing themselves and answering the call to service and to DO more in their communities. This was merely the first step in a long healing and community-building process.
Don’t forget to check out #NMOS14 on Instagram for over 10,000 photos from over 100 vigils in over 40 states.
Here are a few of the images submitted by organizers and partcipants
Video from Valdost, GA Vigil