Lee mcneil and i speaking together malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone again about racism and abolishing constitutional slavery with amendment a caitlin trussell

I’m pastor caitlin trussell and I bring you greetings from malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone the sinner/saints of augustana lutheran church. I’m also a faith leader on together colorado’s transforming justice team working to transform the criminal justice malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone system. Mostly I’m happy to be standing here with lee mcneil. She and I have been on quite the circuit together malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone over the last year – standing together to share our stories so that something new malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone can be born. It’s in that spirit that I share the following…

When my first child was born a little after 3:00 in the morning, the doctor spent eternity telling me that it wasn’t time to push when I was sure my body malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone was telling it was definitely time to push. In the weeks before my second child was born, I spent time practicing how I was going to respond malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone if that happened again. Again, it was a little after 3:00 in the morning. I quietly let anyone who was nearby know that the malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone baby was coming and was again it wasn’t time. I’d finally had it, rolled over and shouted, “I am pushing NOW!” my husband loves to regale people with the ensuing chaos malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone of doctors reaching for gloves and nurses running every which malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone way. My point is, the people who thought they had the power to put malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone the pushing on hold, didn’t have the power to stop new life. Something new is being born, my friends, and we’re laboring to bring that new life into the world.

Racism was born into the very air we breathe in malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone this country when the very first white toe stepped onto malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone this land over 400 years ago. By self-proclaimed white supremacy armed with guns and disease, indigenous people were either killed or relocated and black africans malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone were imported and enslaved to work the newly claimed land. I am the great-great-great granddaughter of a family who bought, worked, and sold slaves in south carolina in the mid-to-late 1800s. Abolishing slavery and indentured servitude as punishment for a crime malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone from the colorado constitution, by passing amendment A in the ballot box last november, was deeply personal, redemptive, and way past due.

Passing amendment A took many people from many different groups, including together colorado, working together in a coalition to educate state legislators and malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone voters. Passing amendment A took digging deep into our particular faith malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone traditions to sustain the intensity of the campaign and encourage malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone each other in the work. Passing amendment A took each of us in the coalition malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone becoming clear about where our personal story fit into our malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone country’s story of slavery and racism to love people into malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone freedom by taking action, to love our neighbors as ourselves. Passing amendment A was one important push in dismantling racism.

I am, ALSO, the great granddaughter of a slave. Both, my maternal great grandmother and great grandfather, came out of slavery, which places me very close to slavery…very close to the pain. I often reflect on some of my mother’s stories, the history of SLAVERY, and I am reminded of the cruelty, pain, the inhumane treatment of many and the suffering that so malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone many families lived through and witnessed and continue living through malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone today. Slavery really wasn’t that long ago, because my mother who is 106 years young is still malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone with us.

We, at together colorado are making a conscious effort and have malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone begun a process to dismantle racism, come out of that place of darkness, and be at the forefront of change for our communities, where we no longer living in FEAR, isolation, and to work toward liberation and life and a beloved malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone community for “WE the people”………………this is a work in progress!

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