Showing posts from July, 2021

Request An Inquest

  Below are the remarks I gave at the 7th Annual Peace March yesterday at the Riverton City Park. But first, updates. A Garage Sale for “Justice for Andy” will be off the alley at 313 N. 6 th  St. E., Riverton, instead of a Rummage Sale at the United Methodist Church, this Saturday, July 31  at  8 am to 1 pm. Donations are still welcomed. More volunteers are needed. Proceeds will first be applied to the costs of the People’s Theater Inquest. Contact me for more information on how to donate and how to help. The Riverton Peace Mission is being awarded a grant of $873 from the Wyoming Humanities Council (Think Wyoming) to offset about ½ of the costs for the People’s Theater Inquest including advertising. Here is the link for what the ad looks like.  Thanks to Liz Hardwick for the design. (Someone upon seeing the ad suggested t-shirts with this on it. If you would like to donate to fund that, let me know.) Yesterday’s remarks: Two years ago, at the 5 th  Annual Peace March, Ron Howard and

Racism and Addiction

I am participating in three online groups that are discussing books that address racism. In one group sponsored by Highlands Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne, we are concluding the last week on Wednesday that has met the last three months discussing  An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States  by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz as well as sharing our personal knowledge. Another group meets this Monday where I am co-facilitating the first of three discussions of,  I’m Black, I’m Christian, I’m Methodist  edited by Rudy Rasmus that shares ten stories about personal struggles with racism within my denomination. That is sponsored by the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church. The third book group is sponsored by the Black Studies Department of the University of Wyoming that is meeting weekly through July and the first week of August. That book is  How to be an Antiracist  by Ibram X. Kendi. I have not stopped to count the number of books I have read or started over the last fe

Change of Venue and Why

Recall the face of the poorest and weakest person you have seen and ask yourself if this step you contemplate is going to be any use to that person. – Mahatma Gandhi I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me… (w)hatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. – Jesus, Matthew 25:40, 45 If we are to end racism, two things need to happen: Enough white people accept responsibility for racism and become antiracist. The most marginalized are centered in seeking solutions. A key decision is where to hold the People’s Theater Inquest that is designed to expose the truth about the shooting of Andy Antelope, Northern Arapaho, at the Riverton Walmart on September 21, 2019, a truth that local authorities conspired to suppress in hopes that the incident soon would be forgotten. Two venues were being debated: the Wind River Casino, a facility owned by the Northern Arapaho Tribe and located on the Wind River Indian Res

Save the Dates...

  Get out your calendars! We have several events coming up: Saturday, July 24, 10 am - 7 th  Annual Riverton Peace March Ron Howard organized the first march in July 2015 following the shooting at the Center of Hope, a Riverton detox and health recovery center, by a white city employee with a 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol killing Stallone Trosper and critically injuring Sonny Googles, both Northern Arapaho. The march will begin at the Rotary Park across from the Center of Hope and will end at the Riverton City Park with drumming and speakers. The social media reaction in 2015 was horrific, people posting messages such as, “Too bad he did not kill more Indians.” This led me to make a commitment to work harder to end racism. A series of community dialogues followed seeking healing and resolution. But has anything changed? Please join us to renew our commitment to end racial violence here and everywhere. For more information, contact Ron at . Ron is Northern Ar