BENEFITING: Equal Justice Initiative
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
Take a moment to consider what you would have done if you lost 30 years of your life. Spend a few reading about Anthony Ray Hinton, who EJI helped get released from 30 years of false improsonment.
Running is a privilege I've recently learned to cherish. I've been fortunate enough to find it because I've lived long enough & been health enough to love it. I've also been fortunate enough to have had the education, familial and friend support which some have not.
I'm running the NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 1st, 2015, my 41st birthday with my friend Ricky Chang, we're both raising money, seperately, for different charities.
Help me commence celebrating the beginning of my fifth decade of life by raising funds and supporting folks that create opportunity for others, like Anthony Ray Hinton.
Please also help Ricky gain entry by crushing his charity goal for iMentor https://www.crowdrise.com/imentornyc2015/fundraiser/rickychang and or in turn help me raise money for the Equal Justice Initiative.
I've already got a guaranteed entry into the race, but I think running for a cause takes it something beyond me, which is part of what I live for everyday.
I have begun to truly appreciate life and seek to inspire and share as much good in life as I can. I believe and feel that running helps me do this. I also believe that everyone should have the chance to do what they love, as long as it is peaceful and bring goodwill or value to the world. I hope we can help.
As a small business owner, husband in an interracial marriage, and 'white' 8 year resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY; race and equality are a constant source of personal introspection, questioning and inspiration. The last few years have been extremely challenging for us all and I've felt that I haven't done my part.
The past years events in Ferguson, Missouri, amongst many others, have inspired me to do more now. With the endless trail of young men (and women) of color getting gunned down by police, false imprisonment, the increase in incarceration for people of color, and decrease in income for the middle-class over the past twenty years, I can no longer just stand on the sidelines or fight from protest. I'm hoping you'll join me in putting our money towards our beliefs.
I'm hoping you'll join me, because last year I ran my first marathon before age 40. I'm looking to run another when I turn 41 on November 1st, in my adopted home of NYC. I'd like to raise as much possible towards this organization that puts real professionals and experts into the field to ACT against injustice everyday.
Growing up in a middle class suburb in the 70s Texas, I experienced a pretty peaceful childhood. Sure my parents divorced and that was hard, but I was pretty sheltered. From time to time I'd travel with relatives to areas of the state or city that seemed drastically different than what I grew up with. My relatives and mentors sometimes loosed racist remarks, words that stung for reasons I knew not. Only overtime did I start to understand why they stung me. There was something that sticks in those words. I was lucky, I just lived on the periphery of strife, I always will, I'm white in America. The words were not aimed at me then, and even now they don't have the same effect or delivery. Words are only a hint at the undercurrents of suppression of justice.
Since leaving Texas, I've made it a mission to live in communities where I'm the outsider, I'm the different one, to try and see what's so different. Part of this was economic, part of it is tied to a 'justice nerve' that was struck back in serving with City Year, part of it is a relinquishing of the powers of privilege, and part of it is white man's burden.
I won't say I've been good at making friends, letting go of privilege, or becoming part of the communities, that takes a long time, perhaps a lifetime. Still working...but I will say that it's a step. One I hope won't push those different in experience and skin color away, but one I hope will by the end of my life have forged a new reality of justice.
I'm hoping you'll recognize my tenacity and perseverance and join hands to fight for Equal Rights. Please donate what you can, or start your own campaign for something that sparks your justice nerve.