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How long? - Essay IX

Today we are one week away from the opening of our doors for the very first time. I anticipated a day of celebration and eager expectation. Yet again, grief pulls us away from the life of freedom we so desperate seek to live.

“A grand jury decision announced today that only one of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s killing has been indicted, facing three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, which is considered a class D felony and is punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison. No charges were announced for the other two officers involved. ⁠” – Girltrek

How long will we wait for justice? How long will justice be withheld?


Today, in Minneapolis, we woke to the steady drizzle of a fall shower. The air cool and damp, like salve to comfort for the blood-soaked soil beneath our feet. The blood of our sisters, snatched from life, cries in refrain with the boiling rage within our veins.

How long?




When the reality of injustice was forced upon me again at the decision of the grand jury, I sat alone in my car. Alone, I grasped for anything to steady my soul from the whirling senselessness of justice withheld. Instinctively, I sought safety in the presence of my community, grieving.

Sisters, today, which should have been a day of excited anticipation, we offer Render Free as a safe haven. Today we do not wield the power to bring complete justice, but we harness the ancient holy practice of compassion in community. We extend to every Black and Brown woman a place to grieve, to heal, to wonder ‘how long?’.

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