We gathered. We vigiled. We prayed.

photo(6)About 60 people gathered on the north steps of Hartford’s State Capitol (the side facing Bushnell Park) in bitter cold to pray, sing, and stand vigil over the murders of three University of North Carolina students — Muslims all — Deah Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19.

A host of speakers added their thoughts, but I was most moved at the end, when everyone’s fingers and feet were frozen, someone (I was at the back and didn’t see who) thought to lead the crowd in “We Shall Overcome,” that beautiful battle hymn of the civil rights movement. (It’s probably not politic to call anything a “battle hymn” in a movement that was so much adamantly non-violent, but you get my drift). There was something about a pretty diverse crowd raising their voices in the sharp, clear night that gave me hope.


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  1. They were in my thoughts. What a tragedy.

    The way you commit yourself to not just talk/write about things, but also show up (even in freezing temperatures), over and over, shows a commitment to justice that is admirable and rare. Namaste (one soul to another, I bow to the divine in you).

    1. Let’s not give me too much credit. I mostly go to things like this to see all my friends. But namaste back to you.

      1. I’m just noticing. Sharing your experiences of this and other things helps me (& I bet others) understand the impact of showing up. Knowing how much it means to people to show up and stand by them, and not just talk about it, inspires me to also do the same.
        P.S. You have a lot of friends. No wonder you are so busy showing up! :-)

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