This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!
To people fighting battles today for a better tomorrow
Yesterday the CBC reported on 11 year-old girls crossing the police line at the Kinder Morgan protests happening on Burnaby Mountain.
The girls joined their mothers who had crossed the line and were arrested, but the girls were not. When I was 11 I would not have dreamed of doing something like this. If my family and friends were doing it, sure, I would feel supported. But I was too wrapped up in my own social shell and caring about what others thought of me to care about bigger issues like this.
Now 32, I think about whether I would make a difference joining those protesters. Maybe at some point in my life there will be the right moment to take a stand, but not today.
Yesterday, the family of deceased Michael Brown, an unarmed teen shot and killed by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, had to hear the news that the police officer would not be indicted. Even in their anger, they released a statement via their lawyers asking for peace.
As of last night, peaceful protests in a few other cities in the U.S., including Seattle and San Francisco, have been staged. Citizens of Ferguson rioted and were arrested, but a single fire wasn’t shot by police, which is a relief.
This family is taking courage and the peaceful way out as well as proposing a solution that may make both police and the public safer and more accountable.
Giving tribute to these heroes.