Giving water to those waiting to vote has now become a crime in Georgia. Here are a few who seem to enjoy their water but will remain silent no doubt on this Kafka-esque, upside down, crazy-town ruling.
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end.” President Joe Biden
State representative Park Cannon was arrested, her hands cuffed behind her back, dragged through the Georgia State Capital and thrown in jail for KNOCKING ON A DOOR. In the words of President Biden this can only be described as “despicable.”
“We will not live in fear and we will not be controlled. We have a right to our future and a right for our freedom. We will come together and continue fighting white supremacy in all its forms.” Representative Park Cannon.
Today’s painting from the studio this afternoon is from the Nature Trail in the Pacific Spirit Park, which we enjoyed on our walk this morning. After I left the studio I learned that while I was painting another mass shooting was taking place in Boulder Colorado, which is why I am dedicating my painting of this special place to those who lost their lives in another senseless crime that has left more loved ones grieving once again who are all in our thoughts tonight.
Spring has definitely come to the woods and to the studio today on this United Nations International Day of Forests with its theme “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being…to help address the climate-change and biodiversity crises.
Perhaps as we begin this second year of the pandemic the theme could appropriately be re-written to read “Mankind’s restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.”
These tulips on the roof at the end of a week of such sadness and loss are dedicated the memory of those murdered in Georgia and to all who are subject to the crimes of racial hatred and violence everywhere.
“Racism is a threat to human rights, and we must confront and stop hatred in all its forms.” Physicians for Human Rights.
Thank you to Sara, Lani, Meghan and Lori from Metro Vancouver Regional Parks for creating such a memorable walk in the woods today. Their words, together with those of Nakita Gill, honoring the magnificent trees of our glorious Pacific Spirit Park are truly inspiring and uplifting.
They have also created a Raccoon Ramble for children for the next two weekends. How lucky we are to have their wonderful spirits in our midst. Our heartfelt thanks to them all.
And of course our thoughts today have been with all those grieving their loved ones murdered in Atlanta. The peace and tranquillity we are fortunate enough to enjoy here are a poignant counterpoint to all those suffering racial hatred and violence everywhere. Enough. We are better thank this.
On this one year anniversary of the WHO declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic, today in Canada our first National Day of Observance commemorates all whom we have so tragically lost to the virus and recognizes and thanks, as we do every day, our frontline and healthcare heroes. This flag at half mast in Vanier Park is just one of many thousands across the country that flies today to bring us all together on this day of remembrance. 🇨🇦