The Reverend Peter Ives will moderate the discussion “Can Ferguson Happen Here?” on Monday, January 19th. He and Bill discuss the importance of such discussions, even in progressive towns like Northampton.
“…many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.” – The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s been a pretty upsetting week for fans of justice. Bill and Jaz process their reactions to the decisions to not indict the officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.*
In the midst of all that, however, there is still amazing work being done to heal the trauma of violence. We talk to Sarah Smith, development director of Safe Passage, about this weekend’s Hot Chocolate Run, and how you can Step Up for Healing, Hope, and Change, all while enjoying one of the best events of the year in downtown Northampton.
*Bill was still a little delirious from jet lag and a stomach virus, which is probably why he kept referring to Eric Garner as “Ed.” I eventually heard it and corrected him. Sometimes I’m only paying half-attention to what he’s saying because I’m trying to focus on the equipment he’s saying it into.