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Stand with us.

Write On, Door County stands with those who are struggling during this momentous time, and recognizes the transformative power of a collective voice crying out for justice. 

A message from Lauren and Jerod

Watching the video of George Floyd's arrest and murder is a most horrific display of senseless cruelty and dehumanization. Like you, Floyd's murder has resonated deeply in our own sense of outrage, despair, and helplessness. While this is not the first time we've collectively born witness to police brutality of our black community, his murder has turned a spotlight onto a movement that has been gathering strength for decades. 

Here at Write On, we acknowledge the absolute necessity for organizations and individuals to stand up and denounce hatred, racism, and the dehumanization of our community. We recognize that it is no longer enough to be passively non-racist. We must all be actively anti-racist. This requires action, and words. And words are power. 

We are witnessing a movement. Its roots are four hundred and one years old. The only way to create systemic change is for unity of purpose: to create a wave of humanity that washes away the evils of racism. Passive inaction is not enough. Join with us in standing up for all by saying unequivocally: black lives matter. 

Solidarity in purpose. United in action. 

We wanted to share with you this poem by award-winning poet Ross Gay, written in response to the murder of Eric Garner at the hands of New York City police in July of 2014.

A Small Needful Fact

Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.

Copyright © 2015 by Ross Gay. Reprinted from Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.

Ways to Engage

  • Write and share a poem using a protest sign as a prompt.
  • Write an Op-Ed for your local newspaper.
  • Engage in constructive social media posting. 
  • Create signs for protest.
  • Write an individual or family statement about anti-racism.
  • Register to vote. Vote.

 

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