Dear Friends,

As you know, this blog isn’t a place for my political beliefs (as I care little about politics ), or any kind of news source, but I haven’t been able to keep one particular news story off my mind. Somehow, sometimes, we forget that we’re all one indivisible human consciousness and what happens to one of us in the human family affects us all.

On February 26, seventeen year-old Trayvon Martin was shot in the chest by a man who followed him, because he looked “suspicious.” Trayvon an unarmed boy, carrying only a bag of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea, weighing a mere 140 lbs was killed by a  250 lb man in the suburbs of Florida. This has turned into a race thing in the U.S, as almost everything does, but at the crux of this is that a promising life has ended. Maybe, I’m in denial? Maybe it is a race thing, because when I look at Trayvon’s smiling face, I see family. I think that could’ve been my brother who at seventeen in a hoodie could’ve looked “suspicious,” could’ve been my cousin who might have been in the wrong neighborhood  (even though it was his own), could’ve been my little Pedro who has the same adorable smile, and it breaks my heart. I don’t want to talk about racism, Florida’s laws, or the U.S justice system, but I do want us all to remember that we lost a part of our human family. It’s so easy to become desensitized and no one hates watching the news more than me, because I do realize that horrible things happen everyday, the world over, and it begins to weigh on you. However, it’s important to remember that we’re connected.

Please take just a second to click on the link below and sign the petition, so that justice can be served and his family may get some closure, if not peace. Perhaps the law that allows someone to follow an unarmed person, shoot them in the chest, claim self-defense, and thus be free to enjoy time with their family and friends while others grieve, may be changed:

http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin

R.I.P

Love,

Val