Last night in Ferguson I met with Brie and Taylor, two organizers who were very active in the protests following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police. We happened to meet in a restaurant called “Cathy’s Kitchen,” which is next to the Ferguson Police Department and just up the very street that Mike Brown’s body was left lying on for hours after his murder.
Briee and Taylor spoke about the importance of community building. They weren’t just protesting, out on the streets all day in mid August, 2014. They were sharing food, support, and stories, too. They were making connections with each other and healing together.
Building community is an important way to grow our own souls, and it can help us bless the world, too. “Hiring more police officers won’t stop violence,” Brie said. But blessing the world does have that power.