There are a lot of great ways out there to be involved in what will actually improve our nation and its society. Among these is to communicate, grow, and then use your voice in effective non-violent ways. One project that I learned about while assisting in police misconduct litigation in what feels a lifetime ago now is found here at the Innocence Project:
There are other opportunities as well. It’s important that we keep the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments in mind and do not lose our way into anarchy and things that destroy while not making the world a better place than we found it.
A Champion Rides On by Michael Doyle This conviction is contrary to the evidence The testimony is questionable in its relevance A death row inmate offers words of falsity And obtains results which ring untrue in the community That day, the man was home with his family All of whom were made to wonder about the integrity Of a system that cares little for dignity And sends an innocent man to die in the penitentiary Courage is not the absence of fear It's the being scared but deciding to persevere Those who act lacking character have their reasons None of these will stand in God's good seasons Growing up poorer than poor in a community Of dirt roads and the grinding down of reality Can grow a world of hurt but also strength of family With family comes courage and persons of integrity A champion rides out from the shadows As a last hope before the modern day gallows In a world where there is so very little hope It is true hearts like these that help others cope The good fights have to continue despite the cost Or all before is all but given up as lost It's an ancient tradition standing against adversity And being bigger persons than hatred's intensity (c) June 8, 2020 Michael Doyle All Rights Reserved