#AllLivesMatter

Our City.

Our City.

This is my City, and Brooklyn is my borough. This atrocity ended at a station on my train line that I transit through almost daily. NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were ours, and they lost their lives on a normal day of making Brooklyn a better place to live. Even when we express our opinions about police policies and accountability–which we have full right to do as free citizens–it must never be disjointed from the respect due these men and women for wearing our City’s shield to work each and every day. This is not NYPD vs. citizens. The NYPD are us, and they belong to us, just as Eric Garner was one of us. We have far more to gain from listening to each other, working together, and making whatever changes are needed to improve our community. There is no need for division.

As our own Cardinal Dolan said today: “Yes, New York, this huge throbbing metropolis can indeed at times be a place of hurt and darkness, fear and fracture—that our celebrated grit and in-your-face realism can at times turn brash. But I’ve also learned that New York can be as well that little town of Bethlehem, from which comes not darkness, division and death, but light unity and life. That’s New York. That’s Bethlehem. That’s Christmas.”

‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬ ‪#‎ILoveNYC‬

6 thoughts on “#AllLivesMatter

  1. Kristen: I am new to the blogging world. I have just started my journey and that has included following you. This was your very first post I have ever written. It has moved me. I just published a piece (my 2nd real post) which I ended blessing these fallen men and their families. Would you mind if I attach your post to mine? You have written words of beauty and justice for them. I would love for more to see this. I apologize if I have crossed a line by asking to link this post to mine. My post was not written about these men or NYC but it does mention them at the end. I think others need to read about these men and so that is why I would love to link your post to mine. Please let me know.

    I offer warm wishes and support to you, your city, my city, the city, these men, their families, and the rest of the community during this heartbreaking time.

    All the best and the Merriest of Christmases,
    Kalyssa

    Here is a link to my post that I would like to link this post to, if you’ll allow me to:) http://thesimplysassylife.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/has-it-become-socially-unacceptable-to-show-compassion-and-kindness-part-1-can-you-still-help-in-their-time-of-need/

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  2. I HAVE posted my thoughts on FB — we are at war now–the NYPD is going to mobilize on a war footing as it was forced to do in the late 60’s and early 70’s —- in addition the current Mayor will be seen as the enemy until his final day of his one and only term.

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