Colorado Peacemakers mourns the death of George Floyd and are outraged at the longstanding police brutality and systemic racism resulting in his murder. We stand in solidarity with the protesters pleading for justice for Mr. Floyd and the numerous other Black Americans whose lives have been cut short, including Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Eric Garner, and countless others. We want to state unequivocally that Black Lives Matter and commit to actions that we are taking to combat racism and further racial justice.
For too long, government policies and racism at the system and individual level have devalued and oppressed Black Americans from the times of slavery through Jim Crow to this very day, including insidious discriminatory processes such as redlining, voter suppression, police brutality and profiling, and mass incarceration.
There is much work to do. We commit to learning from – and amplifying – the voices of Black leaders as we put these strategies into place and practice anti-racism throughout our work. We welcome your feedback and partnership in this process.
One of our colleagues prepared this list of anti-racism resources, some of which speak to the dharma and others that are broader in nature. If you are interested in exploring some of these materials with fellow Peacemakers, please contact us. Thank you!
Colorado Peacemakers is an Affiliate of Zen Peacemakers International. We are a maha sangha of zen centers, practitioners and others throughout the state committed to manifesting the three tenants through acts of service. We meet quarterly to support each other, share experiences and consider new opportunities for action.
Zen Peacemakers International's (ZPI) mission is to support, inspire, train and mobilize a world-wide movement of members and affiliates conducting humanitarian, peace-building social and civil action based on the Zen Peacemaker's Three Tenets: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action.
Our last quarterly meeting was on Sunday, May 17. A brief summary is posted below. Our next meeting will likely be in September after an annual retreat day in August. All are welcome. Please just send us a note below to join our mailing list for more information.