The death of Philando Castile is personal, as I’m sure it is for many of you. Mr. Castile went to High School with my oldest daughter. I didn’t know Philando, but what I do know is that he was a good man with a bright future. The senseless killings we have witnessed in the last few weeks alone in St.Paul, Orlando and Dallas is beyond the pale. The time has come to recommit ourselves to the daily practice of nonviolence, as we continue to work towards a world where no child is born to lose.
Dedicated to the memories of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Jamar Clark, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Officer Lorne Ahrens, Michael Brown, Eric Harris, Officer Michael Smith, Walter Scott, Jonathan Ferrell, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, Officer Brent Thompson, Edward Sotomayor Jr., Stanley Almodovar III, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, Juan Ramon Guerrero, Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, Peter O. Gonzalez Cruz, Luis S. Vielma, K.J. Morris, Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, Amanda Alvear, Martin Benitez Torres, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, Mercedez Marisol Flores, Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, Oscar A Aracena-Montero, Enrique L. Rios Jr., Miguel Angel Honorato, Javier Jorge-Reyes, Joel Rayon Paniagua, Jason Benjamin Josaphat, Cory James Connell, Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, Luis Daniel Conde, Shane Evan Tomlinson, Juan Chevez-Martinez, Darryl Roman Burt II, Deonka Deidra Drayton, Alejandro Barrios Martinez, Jerald Arthur Wright, Leroy Valentin Fernandez, Tevin Eugene Crosby, Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, Angel L. Candelario Padro, Frank Hernandez Escalante, Paul Terrell Henry, Akyra Monet Murray, Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, Antonio Davon Brown, Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez.