From Janice and Cecil…
We join with the GLIDE Leadership Team in a message of condolence and comfort to the Charleston, South Carolina communities, and the Emanuel AME Church family.
We’ve taken a moment to reflect upon our history and the depth of significance of the imbedded effects of racism on our society. We both have experienced slavery and racial injustice…from grandparents, parents, and in our own struggles for civil rights; against racial profiling, violence, and incarceration without justification. We have joined with communities for justice against the institutionalization of racism, classism, homophobia and sexism in the most influential American systems for the past five decades. We continue to be shaken, appalled, and shocked by the horrific toll on human life from too many acts of gun violence, hatred and terrorism.
We have learned much about the essential human capacity for love, for understanding, and for transformation. We know that when we can make possible the irresistible spirit of acceptance, that in seeing each other as human beings, change is possible.
GLIDE is a beloved community committed to being the home, the place, where all people belong, no matter what their circumstances, a place of enduring hope. We must remain steadfast in these times of despair and anger and disillusionment to continue to be the beacon for all people… to experience the power of Love, the power of Unconditional Acceptance, and our vision for radical inclusivity. We remain committed to our movement of non-violence.
We hold the community of Charleston in our prayers, action, and in our hearts. We grieve with the families and loved ones of those at AME Church who have been lost to this act of violence. We send our love and condolences to them. We continue to hold up our conviction – like so many candles of light – that Love will overcome hatred, and our strength, courage and determination to provide the avenues of hope for those who have been marginalized or sucked into the whirlpools of hatred and despair. We will prevail.
We love you, and thank you for your commitment, courage, and love,
Janice and Cecil