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Racial Wealth Gap

 We have no excuse for our not learning about racism, its root causes and what we can do about it. Books, webinars, and pod casts are easily available. Some actively seek to ban the truth being taught. Some say, “I have learned enough” and have closed the door to learning more, finding it a too depressing interruption to their otherwise comfortable lives compared to people of color. We can do better. This past week I took advantage of a few learning opportunities including an analysis of racism as a pandemic disease with more negative effects than COVID-19, but not the resources needed to prevent its spread. This was sponsored by the Black Studies Department of the University of Wyoming with Dr. Rik Stevenson from the University of Florica speaking on, “The Negro Question and the Public Heath Crisis.” Another was sponsored by the National Council of Churches and led by Christian Brooks, a scholar and justice advocate for the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness. This was a partici

Hope Is Required

This past week I came close to giving up. Why do we keep doing this? Nothing is going to change it seems. People ask why do you continue to seek “Justice for Andy” when two years have gone by, and still no public inquest, still no police accountability, still no meaningful change? And that my friends, is why we must carry on until we do get change. We know that once we give up, there can be no change. Hope is required. Otherwise, the oppressors win. I recall that when I first heard that Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed on April 4, 1968. I was a young community organizer in Cincinnati, Ohio and eating dinner seated at one of several round tables at an event sponsored by the “The Mayor’s Friendly Relations Committee” where we were addressing racism. We had hope. We met in response to riots the summer before where the National Guard had been called in to restore order. Whether the meeting was to prevent riots or to end racism, we were there Black and White together. Seated at my

Resistance Opportunities

Three events can help each of us determine whether we are complicit with or resisting injustices towards the Northern Arapaho, Eastern Shoshone, and other indigenous nations. Tuesday, 6:30 pm,  Meet & Greet with Angelo Sage , Northern Arapaho, and Organizer for “Justice for Andy” for the Riverton Peace Mission at the Wyoming Equality office, 1601 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne. Angelo plans to go to Cheyenne this week to connect with Antonio Serrano and others for training on organizing and community engagement; and thanks to Sabrina King, while Angelo is in Cheyenne, he will meet with supporters to raise funds to continue his work and for folks to learn more about the “Justice for Andy” campaign and what it means for indigenous people living on the Wind River Indian Reservation and in Fremont County. All supporters are welcome! Can’t be in Cheyenne on Tuesday? We welcome more Meet & Greet opportunities for Angelo Sage in other communities in Wyoming. If you could host or co-host