Mood Tune: I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack (YouTube link)
If you're in the NYC area on Monday, October 16, you should try and attend the rally at New York City Hall at 5 pm, in honor/memory of the recent black/LGBT hate crime death of Michael Sandy.
Information at Keith Boykin's site and also Jasmyne Cannick's site or any NYC-area news site.
But it all started out as an alleged meeting on the Internet, which led to a meeting at a NYC-area park, which led to an attempted robbery, a beating, a car accident, and a discovery that the gentlemen who lured Michael Sandy into a romantic liaison online were not who they said they were at all. Now, Michael Sandy is dead as a result of his injuries.
The National Black Justice Coalition is one of the organizations sponsoring the Monday 5 pm rally, and it is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The Coalition works with our communities and our allies for social justice, equality, and an end to racism and homophobia.
The whole situation just continues my feeling that life is precious, that we take so many of our family and friends for granted, and that things can happen so randomly and quickly and unpredictably in our lives. I listen to that I Hope You Dance song on occasion to remind and motivate me around that fact.
Make it a good day for you and yours.
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