George Houser, a leader in the racial justice, anti-war, and African liberation struggles, died yesterday at Friends House in Santa Rosa, California. He was 99.
Some of us chuckled when we first learned of the title of George Houser’s 1989 memoir, No One Can Stop the Rain. Though we appreciated the homage which George was giving to Angolan freedom fighter and poet Agostino Neto, who penned that line while in prison in 1960, we were also aware of an additional truth.
Less than a hundred feet from residences, local authorities discovered the badly decomposed body of a transgender woman of color. The Dallas Police Department put out a detailed description of the body and asked for help. For two weeks, no one seemed to know who this woman was. When the woman was finally identified as 22-year-old Shade Schuler, I realized that she belonged to
“Why???” The tearful words of James Hutcheson echoed loudly against the jail. Throughout last Friday’s press conference, the events of August 1 kept running through my mind.
It’s been a year since Michael Brown was shot and killed. The ensuing uprising and sparking of the Black Lives Matter movement has engendered a national conversation about racism, structural inequality, and militarized communities.
Following Monday’s day of mass civil disobedience across the St. Louis area resulting in more than 160 arrests as part of the United We Fight anniversary weekend, the year-long resistance sparked by the murder of Michael Brown Jr remains alive and well.
This was the first question that hit me in the face and rolled around my head as I went to a variety of events in Hiroshima on August 6th, the 70th anniversary of the mass murder of the people of Hiroshima.
Because it is in my heart to speak these words with love, humility and memory.
On August 9, 2014, after Mike Brown, Jr. was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, an uprising began. In the weeks and months following his death, many people have traveled to Ferguson with good intentions — yet some have ultimately done a great deal of damage.