Posted by: smstrouse | October 9, 2015

Jesus, Mary & the Qur’an

640x392_80048_246190Are you kidding me?! I just found out that anti-Muslim protests are being planned for today and tomorrow (Oct. 9-10). So-called “patriots” around the country are being encouraged  to find a local mosque and organize a rally. The Council for Islamic-American Relations (CAIR,) the nation’s leading Muslim civil rights group, has issued a warning to all mosques to take safety measures this weekend. The organization (whose name I won’t even use and so give them any more publicity) is calling on protesters to be armed where permitted.

This is so wrong on so many levels. I find it interesting that four of the Facebook pages for these rallies have a Confederate flag as their profile picture. Let’s see, flags, guns, anti-Muslim rhetoric: what could possibly go wrong?

Well, rather than focus only on the craziness into which some people choose to lower themselves, I want to share a positive story of interfaith cooperation. It’s this kind of story that I believe will ultimately go a long way in neutralizing the hateful, ignorant, dangerous activities like those planned for this weekend.

Last week, a group composed of Muslims and Christians came together for a discussion of the role of Jesus in the Qur’an. We’ll start discussing the book, Islam’s Jesus by Zeki Saritoprak, at ouislams_jesusr next gathering, so for openers we looked at the stories about Jesus’ birth in the Gospels and in the Qur’an.

Fatih F. Ates of Pacifica Institute showed a YouTube video of a dramatization of the verses of the Qur’an dealing with the annunciation to Mary and the birth of Jesus. I handed out the texts from Matthew, Luke and John concerning the origins of Jesus. And a lively discussion ensued. The Christians were surprised to learn the high esteem in which both Mary and Jesus are given in Islam (there are more verses about Mary in the Qur’an than in the Gospels). The Muslims were curious about the development of the New Testament, how the stories originated and were transmitted.
Curiosity abounds on both sides and the conversation was thoughtful and respectful. Most of all, we enjoyed each other’s company! And we’re looking forward to getting to know even more about one another. My hope is that even more people will join the group – so many that we have to create more small discussion groups, at least for part of the meeting time. 
What a different way of addressing the diversity of our world from organizing protests at places of worship. Needless to say, there were no flags or guns at our meeting, either. I’m not writing this to brag (well, maybe a little), but to encourage people of faith and goodwill to get involved in something like this – something that contributes to peace in our communities. It’s too easy to just criticize the crazies,  dismiss them and go about our business as usual. More is required.
How are you already involved in peacemaking? How might you find new ways to “be the change you want to see”?



Posted by: smstrouse | October 3, 2015

The Pope Francis Firestorm


Oy vey! What a week it’s been! The title of this post has gone from “Pope Francis Fail” to “Pope Francis Fail?” to this final version.

After a week of shock, disbelief and ranting among those who had just days before been extolling Pope Francis, we now have to express a collective Emily Litella.Unknown

Turns out Francis gave Kim Davis neither a private audience nor an  endorsement of her position. What? Oh. Never mind.

So what can we learn from all this?

Believe it or not, I’m going to quote Martin Luther. Really.

From his explanation of the 8th Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. In his Small Catechism, Luther wrote:

What does this mean?
We should fear and love God, so that we do not lie about, betray or slander our neighbors, but excuse them, speak well of them, and put the best construction on everything.

I think we get the part about lying and betraying (most of the time anyway). But putting the best construction on everything has always been a challenge to most of us. And it seems to have taken a turn for the worse since the dawn of the Internet era.

I’m not saying that we should have just given the Pope a pass on meeting with Kim Davis. If indeed he had given her a private audience, I would want to know if Francis was aware of the political hot potato he’d been handed, who had set it up and what exactly had been said.

If indeed he had offered her his support, I would have been deeply disappointed. Even though the Roman Catholic position on same-sex marriage is quite clear, Francis has been very adept at softening it and maneuvering around it (much like the Dalai Lama, I might add). However, it would not have taken from me my admiration for his stand on other issues and my hope that he would continue to evolve – and help the Church evolve – in this area as well.

But now that it has been revealed that Davis was among many who met the Pope, received a generic pastoral admonition to “stay strong” and used that encounter to further her own agenda – well, this is where it gets hard! Am I able to put the best construction on what Davis and her handlers say and do?

I find it easier to do with Davis. She is operating out of her convictions. No matter how much I disagree with her, I have to respect her right to express them. However, as both Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr. taught, one who disobeys a law as a matter of conscience must accept the consequences.

It gets more troublesome with those who are using Davis to further their political agenda. Once you enter the realm of politics, the 8th Commandment takes a beating. But that doesn’t mean we have to buy into “the lies behind the truth, and the truth behind those lies, that are behind that truth” (Don Asmussen’s Bad Reporter, SF Chronicle). We can take the high road and make out best effort to put the best construction on it and sort out the truth in the midst of the spin.

Pope Francis got caught in the spin cycle this week. I’m sure he’s not losing sleep over it. I hope we don’t either. But I do hope we’ve learned something from it, because this kind of situation will surely come around again. And as much as I always loved Gilda Radner’s Emily Litella, I really don’t want her as my role model.

I’m much more Unknown-1Roseanne Roseannadanna.

Posted by: smstrouse | September 26, 2015

The Pope Francis Phenomenon


Why is everyone going gaga over Pope Francis?!

I can’t help thinking of the irony of it all as we in the Lutheran church will soon be gearing up for Reformation Sunday at the end of October.  Of course, we don’t get all anti-Catholic anymore, hurling invectives against the papacy. Still,  I can just hear old  Martin Luther ranting, “I have within me the great pope, Self.”

Luther-KopfhoererWhat would he think of this new version of the Vicar of Christ?

He’d probably be tuning in with everyone else to hear what Francis has to say next.

Even those who don’t agree with some of Francis’ views (e.g. gay marriage, the role of women, the canonization of Junipero Serra), are loving his humility, his compassion for the poor, his bold positions (and challenges to us) on climate change, immigration, the death penalty and creating peace.

And my favorite intrafaith and interfaith exchange (again, I could quibble with some of the language, but not the bottom line):

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone!”

‘Father, the atheists?’

“Even the atheists. Everyone! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all. And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: We need that so much. We must meet one another doing good.”

‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’

“But do good: We will meet one another there.”

Yikes, I can just hear the Lutherans screaming “works righteousness! works righteousness!” But could we not see it instead as a call to transcend dogma, doctrine and belief systems and meet in a place of common humanity? That’s how I’m reading it and I think it’s a pretty darn good message for today’s ‘spiritual independent’ or ‘none’ or member of the ‘church alumni society.’

11947618_10153646651944917_2958262449028598973_nJust the fact that a Christian leader is attracting this kind of attention (not because of a sex scandal or a ridiculous end of the world prophecy or a dumb anti-science pronouncement), but honest-to-Jesus Christian values is reason to celebrate.

Of course, not everyone is loving what the pope has been saying. But this is a blog from a “proud member of the religious left”! And I am very glad to see people who are not Catholic, not even believers of any kind embracing a representative of Christianity. We’ve needed some good press!

Yes, the Holy Father still has some evolving to do. But so does the Dalai Lama (check out his statements on sexuality). We seem to still be able to honor the DL for his wisdom and compassion, while challenging him in other areas. I hope we can do the same with the HF.

As one who identifies as Christian, I am thrilled that Pope Francis is showing the world what a follower of Jesus looks – and acts – like. My hope is that the world will see that there are many more, albeit unknown and unrecognized, just like him.


Posted by: smstrouse | September 19, 2015

Playing God Can Be Fun!

garden-of-eden-art-picture-the-bible-27092885-840-630For this year’s Season of Creation, we’re doing something different. We’re not focusing on our sinfulness and guilt for not taking care of the earth and promising to do better. Instead, we’re looking at how our cosmology (our creation myth) informs – or misinforms – how we see our place in the world.

Last Sunday, we read the story from Genesis 1, where everything is “very good.” Instead of the usual going through the whole “and then on the next day, God created the  . . .” scenario, we had some fun with it. Before the service, I asked one of our teenagers if he’d like to play God. Silly question; who wouldn’t?! (And just so you know, I asked the teen who showed up first; all genders are welcome to play the God role.) After he enthusiastically (of course) said he’d love to be God, I told him to read his lines with feeling. No wimpy God! When you say, “Let there be light,” say it like you mean it – with drama!

Then, having given “God” his instructions, I went off to speak to the person who would be reading the Genesis passage. He’d already noticed that the congregation had a speaking part. We would respond to each day’s Divine activity with “And so it was!” And finally with “And God saw that this was good!”

So he was ready for something a little different. But, I explained, there would be more. Whenever, the text said, “And God said,” he should stop and allow “God” to speak. OK, everyone was on board; we were good go.

The first time God had a line, I was delighted that our just-confirmed-last-year teen had heard my instructions. His voice boomed out with the best God impression an adolescent boy can do. The really cool thing is that this is a kid who wouldn’t have agreed to read in church a couple of years ago. But he had a transformational experience at Confirmation camp last summer – and sold me (the campaphobe) on the value of that program.

Anyway, all went according to plan for the first few “And God saids”. But then momentum took over and our lector began to keep on reading when it was God’s turn. I admit that this was my fault. Normally, I’d have printed out the reading for each speaker with each part highlighted, so this kind of confusion could be avoided. But it was my second day back from vacation and I hadn’t had time.

Good thing! The confusion is what made it fun. One of the words we use to describe First United is “playful,” and this was a perfect illustration. Instead of grinding my teeth over miscues, mistakes and comments from the peanut gallery (I mean the congregation) – which in my raging perfectionistic days would have been the case – I enjoyed the fun.

There were jokes during the reading about wrangling over who got to be God – hmm, does that sound like what goes on in our lives anyway? It was delightful, too, to see the interaction of generations, as we kept interrupting the adult speaker to allow the teenage “God” to speak and their bantering back and forth.

I can’t help believing that this was the way the story was meant to be told – not in our usual Bible-reading voices, but as a real good story, recounted with feeling, with give and take from the  audience.

Maybe if we do more of this kind of story-telling of our ancient myths, we can reclaim them and reinterpret them as foundations for our lives today. If the Season of Creation is to be more than focusing on confession of sins and promises to do better (not bad things), but a shift in how we see our place in the world, we have to be able to relate our creation myths to the creation story being told by scientists today.

After last Sunday, I think playfulness is a darn good way to begin to do that. I also think that “God saw that this was very good!”

Posted by: smstrouse | August 23, 2015

Reflections on “Being Mortal”

contentIt has been a week of being confronted with mortality. Not so much mine, although being with others who are having more immediate health challenges, certainly causes self-reflection.

Coincidentally, I’ve also been listening to an audio version of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book, especially not in audio form. Listening to mystery novels in the car is one of my greatest traffic stress relievers. But the East Bay discussion grop picked it for our gathering next week and listening in the car is the fastest way for me to be prepared. Little did I know how relevant it would be.

As I said, it’s been quite a week: a member of the congregation with a sudden life-threatening medical condition, a death in other members’ family, another having to make the difficult decision to move into assisted living. Added to these is my own significant other’s surgery and possible long-term implications.

MjAxMy1mM2FjNzM1NWYwNWRlOGRiEach of these has brought a unique perspective to matters of life and death. But they all remind us of a very basic fact of our existence: just as we are all born, so will we all die. Two weeks ago, our Buddhist Pluralism Summer guest last week told a joke about the Buddhist medical examiner who was always getting into trouble because on every death certificate, after “Cause of Death,” he would write “Birth.”

That’s a good joke, but it’s also an excellent reminder of what being mortal is all about. The book Being Mortal takes this reality into the realm of modern medicine and calls on us to find better ways of facing our mortality imagesand specifically to find better ways of dying well. My nomination for the patron saint of this has got to be former president Jimmy Carter. He is doing what can be done to treat the cancer, while also accepting whatever the outcome will be. Here is a man at peace with himself and with the birth/death cycle. Although it is touching to read that he waited two weeks before telling Rosalyn about the latest diagnosis.

All of these people – the world famous and the famous only to their loved ones – are teaching me what it means to be human. As they face their own changing bodies and life situations, I am forced to reflect on my own. I, too, have a terminal diagnosis. I’ve had it since birth; in fact it was my birth – no joke.

How am I going to live with this inevitable outcome in the time I have left? How will I deal with whatever illnesses, disabilities, limitations come my way?

And – how will I care for those who are going through these life changes? Atul Gawande’s book describes ways that have not been helpful. His is the perspective of the medical profession, but he’s challenging me also, as a spiritual caregiver.

It’s been a difficult week. But I consider the timing of the assignment of reading this book to be a gift. Even after all my years as a parish pastor and my training and years as a hospital and nursing home chaplain, I still have a lot to learn about being mortal. Maybe it’s part of my own aging process.

Hopefully I’m also becoming wiser.




Posted by: smstrouse | August 16, 2015

Snakes Alive Redux

Well, a good time was had by all at the Serpentine Celebration Circle for Women at Terra’s Temple last night. It was a celebration of the Divine feminine symbolized by the snake, organized by my friend Sridevi Ramanathan. August 19 is Nag Panchami is the festival of snakes on the Hindu calendar, so this was a fine way to celebrate.

My part of the evening was to explain how the serpent came to be equated with evil. So of course I started with Genesis 2-3. You know the story: Eve s tempted by the devil. Oh, wait; it doesn’t say that, does it? No devil or Satan figure in Genesis – which was written, by the way around 500 BCE during the Hebrew exile in Babylon.

This is where they would have become familiar with the ancient Gilgamesh Epic, written around 2100 BCE. In this creation myth, a man is created from the soil by a god, lives in a natural setting among the animals, and is introduced to a woman who tempts him. Hmm, sound familiar? Parallels between stories of Enkidu/Shamhat and Adam/Eve have long recognized by scholars. But to top it all off, a snake steals a plant of immortality from the hero.

Creation stories from the Nag Hammadi library tell interesting variations on the tale. In The Hypostasis of the Archons, the “female spiritual principle” comes into the snake as an instructor, then goes away, leaving the snake behind as “merely a thing of the earth.”And in The Testimony of Truth, the author casts the serpent as the hero and comments about God: “Surely, he has shown himself to be a malicious grudger!”

Genesis is not the only source of serpentine wisdom. In Numbers, Moses lifts up a bronze serpent on a pole in order to heal the people who have been bitten by poisonous snakes. John’s gospel takes up the theme again, casting Jesus as the healing presence being lifted up. Hmm, Jesus the serpent? And of course in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus says, “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Not an evil way of being at all.

The thing is: the symbol of the serpent is multivalent. You can find places where the snake represents wisdom, healing and eternal life. You find places where it’s about temptation and death. And you can find places where it’s both. Like the cross (and the snake on the pole): a symbol of death that also brings life.

So, celebrate snakes this week and let’s wish a Happy Nag Panchami to all our Hindu friends!

Posted by: smstrouse | August 8, 2015

What Would Jesus Debate?



Full disclosure: I didn’t watch the Republican “debate” on Thursday night. I was facilitating our Uppity Women of the Bible discussion group (which would be a good series for the GOP to watch, now that I think of it!) Then when I got home, it was a tough choice between the end of the A’s game or the last Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It ended up being a weird back and forth channel-changer, so I didn’t really get out of either what I really wanted.

As I read the reviews of the “debate,” I’m convinced I wouldn’t have gotten much out of that either. Not that I would have expected to see a real discussion of issues or much beyond male posturing, jostling for position and good sound bites, and anti-Obama/ anti-Clinton rhetoric. But there was actually one comment that was worthy of some further thought.

No it wasn’t a Trump bluster. It was Ohio governor John Kasich who actually defended the Donald by saying that Trump is “hitting a nerve in this country. People are frustrated, they’re fed up. For people to just tune them out is a mistake.”

Republican-bashing has always been a popular sport among progressives. Trump-mocking has taken it to new levels. But I think Kasich is on to something here. We often ask how people can buy into the rhetoric of the Tea Party and their ilk, especially those who profess to be followers of Jesus. What would Jesus debate? For starters: care for the immigrant, economic justice for the “least of these” and health and wholeness for all people. That’s not socialism or communism; that’s just plain biblicalism.

But there’s another thing that Jesus has always been about – and that is a message that God has been speaking throughout the ages: Be not afraid. I would add to Kasich’s admonition that people are afraid. They’re afraid, not only for their economic future, but also the future of a way of life. That way of life may indeed be passing away (as it should with its racism, white privilege, xenophobia, homophobia and patriarchy), but even as we welcome in a new day of equality for all we can have compassion for those whose fear is blinding their sight.

Is it easy to have compassion for some of these folks? Nope. But I think it might be what Jesus would want to debate with us and them. He wouldn’t tune them out and neither should we.

How can we, as progressive Christians, convey a message of “Be not afraid” to those with whom we disagree? I don’t have a ready answer to that question. But I hope we on the progressive side of things can take it into consideration as the “debates” continue.

Posted by: smstrouse | August 1, 2015

Snakes Alive!

images-1For someone who doesn’t have a great affection for snakes, they’ve been appearing pretty often in my life recently. Earlier this year, during Lent, we read: As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so the Chosen One must be lifted up  . . .  (John 3:14, from The Inclusive Bible)

In the course of sermon preparation, I became intrigued with the symbolism of the serpent in ancient mythology and how it was incorporated into the biblical stories (the Internet has made it so easy to go down this kind of “rabbit hole!) I got so fascinated by it that I even went to the library at the Graduate Theological Union and found  a few tomes on the subject.

But practicality intervened. I wrote the sermon, and as is the way of pastors who preach every week, I moved on to preparation for the next week. The books were returned unread.

However – in the midst of this serpentine meandering, I had coffee with my friend Sridevi Ramanathan. I don’t remember why the subject even came up, but we started talking about snakes. Maybe I’d mentioned that I’d been reading about Nag Panchami, a Hindu snake festival.

UnknownAnd I probably went on about how the snake in the Garden of Eden had gotten a bad rap by becoming equated with Satan. And how we’d lost the multivalent meanings of the serpent – even within Judaism and Christianity. After all, John 3:14 compares Jesus to a snake – that is, as a symbol of healing from Number 21: Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then whenever the people were bitten by a snake, they looked at the bronze snake and lived. 

And then, snakes alive! Sridevi announced that she was going to hold an event in Berkeley on August 15. It’s called Serpentine Celebration Circle for Women and here’s some information about it:


Around the world and throughout time, the Divine Feminine in her Serpentine form was revered and worshipped. The Snake can move on Mother Earth and within Her, undulating between darkness and light. But attitudes have changed. Today, in many cultures, darkness is dreaded and snakes are demonized. Yet the Snake endures.

On the 5th day after the new moon of August, certain communities in India hold Nag Panchami, a Celebration of the Snake. On the other side of the world, we also celebrate the Snake in a different way. Calling women to reclaim darkness and the healing Serpentine energy of the Divine Feminine!

You can find all about it on Facebook at

But now I have to go back to the library and take out those books again, because I’ve been asked to make a presentation about how the snake came to be demonized. And this time I have to read them! I guess I’ll have to rely on the snake as my symbol of wisdom.

After all, wasn’t it Jesus who said, “Be as wise as serpents”?!

Posted by: smstrouse | July 25, 2015

Thoughts from the ‘Dismantling Racism’ Workshop

There extwere maybe sixty people in the sanctuary of the church that hosted the ‘Dismantling Racism’ workshop today. Ten of them were people of color. Six of the ten were from Lutheran Church of Our Savior, San Francisco. I had traveled to the workshop with the pastor and members from LCOS. We talked on the way about o6a010535ce1cf6970c01b8d06105e4970cur expectations and hopes for the day. Would the presence of African-American folks inhibit the discussion? Would there be action plans or just more talk? Would we get to the issues of white privilege and white defensiveness?

On the way home, we discussed how we thought it went. Pastor Evered Cohen from LCOS, who is African-American, was pleased with the day. He was glad to know that there are white people of good will in our synod who are wiling to honestly look at the issue of systemic racism and begin to take steps to tear it down.

I appreciated the presenters’ definition of racism and our need to be clear on what it is we’re talking about. In this definition, we’re talking about talking about institutionalized racism, not individual acts of prejudice.
Race prejudice + the misuse of power by systems and institutions = racism

The other thing I really appreciated was the TED Talk video we watched, “The Danger of a Single Story.”

What this perspective did for me is offer a way through the logjam of white defensiveness. I admit that during another video about white privilege I felt myself wanting to argue with the premise – even though I certainly agree in principle. But, as the presenters said at the beginning, as they asked us to agree to create a safe space, these are emotional issues.

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And so are tools. As I remembered the TED talk, I recognized that I didn’t have to get stuck in my defensive posture. I hope you watch the video; it was really helpful!

So we agreed that the day was worthwhile. Now our congregations are going to explore ways that we can carry on the conversation together. Some of our youth had an idea to invite kids for other churches to come, make pizza together and have some kind of discussion about race. We’ll be working on the best way to help them make that happen.

Because the other thing that will enable us to abolish our nation’s “original sin” is relationships. In my opinion, the workshop would not have been as effective without the presence of the ten African-Americans, especially six from LCOS, an historically Black congregation. The burden of dismantling racism should fall on white shoulders. However, it is good to have Black allies who encourage us white folks as we struggle and love us when we stumble. I hope that I can learn to be just as good a white ally.

Today was a good start.


Posted by: smstrouse | July 18, 2015

Demanding Justice for Sandra Bland

If changing lanes in traffic without signaling is a capital offense, there are a whole lot of peoUnknownple who should shaking in their brake shoes. I don’t know about anywhere else in the country, but here in the Bay area, turn signals seems to be considered optional. It’s a pet peeve, hence one of my favorite bumper stickers is: “Visualize Using Your Turn Signal!”

Having said that, I admit that I’ve been guilty of it myself at times. I even got pulled over once in San Francisco. I’d swerved into the right lane to avoid a car that had suddenly pulled out of a driveway to my left. I was at fault, no argument there. I’d acted on instinct and swerved.

To my chagrin, the cop who stopped me was really angry (OK, I probably almost hit him), but how he handled the situation has stayed with me ever since. In a very condescending manner, he asked me if I knew how to correctly make a lane change. I said I did. He then made me tell him, step by step: signal my intention, look over my shoulder to see if the lane was clear, etc. I complied, feeling humiliated but knowing it wouldn’t do any good to argue with him. Then he gave me a lecture and let me go – no ticket, thankfully – but all the way home I experienced a combination of humiliation and anger. I still think about that incident, especially when I pass that spot, and wonder why he felt that he had to act in such a condescending way. My conclusion: because he could.

My little (almost) run-in with the law is nowhere near what Sandra Bland experienced. For one thing, I’m not Black, and for another, I’m not in Texas. I got away with a lecture; Sandra ended up dead in a Texas jail. Her death leaves us incredulous, asking how in the world this could happen. Why would a cop treat a driver who had made a lane change without signaling with such brutality? Answer: because he could.

It’s come to light that the county sheriff where this happened had been fired from a previous position as chief of police because of documented cases of racism. So I have to wonder about the culture of the law enforcement community under his leadership. But I also know that anyone in a position of authority is susceptible to the temptation to abuse power. Power in itself isn’t a bad thing; we need police forces. The trouble comes when we don’t recognize this temptation to cross over from legitimate authority into abuse and educate law enforcement people to be self-aware enough to know when it’s happening. The trouble increases by leaps and bounds when abuse becomes part of the system.

My run-in with the law was a one-time thing. Sandra Bland’s was part of systemic racism and abuse of power – at both the local level where she was arrested and at the national level where we’ve never done the collective work of atoning for the sin of slavery and our on-going racism. So while I’m glad that the FBI and the state-wide Texas Rangers have been called in to investigate this case, I’m wary.

Maybe it will turn out that Sandra did mouth off at the cop who stopped her. But so what? Did that call for the extreme measures he took? No.

Maybe it will turn out that Sandra did commit suicide. But that’s no reason to write this off. If she did, it was because of the precipitating trauma she experienced.

We must continue to shine the spotlight on the abuse of power to which many in law enforcement have succumbed. We must demand justice for Sandra Bland – and for all the others who have died at the hands of out-of-control power.

Systemic racism and the abuse of power that goers with it is a national disgrace. And not one of us should be silent in confronting and dismantling it.

Texas – and everywhere else – we’re watching you.

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