By Jennifer Nicklay
Author's Note: I am a white, female, middle class millennial. I must not be (and most certainly am not) the only person raising my voice in response to violence at home and around the world. In many ways, this isn’t my story to tell – I hope you turn to others like Mica Grimm, Nekima Levy-Pounds, Al Flowers, Jeremiah Bey, Ashley Fairbanks, Adja Gildersleve, Lena Gardner, or the many other outspoken activists who live this every day. But I am responsible for writing this week’s YNPN-TC blog, and my conscience and heart demanded I use the platform to speak on this violence. I am raising my voice, even with all its imperfections and limitations, as an ally and a witness.
Editor's Note: Please also read YNPN-TC’s statement about recent events and we must do to live out YNPN's values of connecting through purpose, challenging to change and leading together.
It has been a hard week. A heart-breaking week. An excruciating week. We’ve watched acute violence and grief – in Lebanon, Nigeria, France, Syria, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Mali. Then, we saw the violence and grief come home to Minneapolis.