I joined the Zoom memorial event to honor all who have died violent deaths because of their skin color or religion or way of life:
Yong Ae Yue and the five other Asian women at the Atlanta spas,
Emmett Till, age 14; Daunte Wright, 19 years old, Ahmaud Arbery, 25;
Breonna Taylor, 26; George Floyd, 46,
Chinese and indigenous killed in Wyoming centuries ago,
Sikhs killed in Indianapolis last month,
Children, women and men on the other side of the world who may be killed today by drones launched in Nevada or by armed BlackHawk helicopters manufactured in my state of Connecticut.
We prayed for the healing of confusion in the minds of the killers and the confusion in each of us.
In our nation, our cities, our hearts, may
patience arise in place of anger
generosity in place of greed
compassion flower from the ground of hatred
and wisdom from the soil of ignorance.
Yesterday was 49 days from the spa killings.
Today 94 days since my sister Mary died, the day before the coup began the killing of her friends in Myanmar.