George Floyd

no justice no peace


 
No this is not Crimea but Washington DC where peaceful protesters were attacked by police and National Guard with tear gas and rubber bullets at 6:47 on June the 1st.

This section of 16th Street was renamed today “Black Lives Matter Plaza” by Washington mayor Muriel Browser on a day that would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th Birthday.

Mayor Browser writes, “Breonna Taylor, on your birthday let us stand with determination. Determination to make America the land it ought to be”.

Dedicated to the memories of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

No Justice No Peace

8’46”


 
In memory of George Floyd whose life was celebrated today in Minneapolis in a moving memorial service that ended with 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent remembrance; 8 minutes and 46 seconds that represented the last minutes of his life; 8 minutes and 46 seconds during which he was unable to breath. Stand in silence as I did today for 8 minutes and 46 seconds if you haven’t done so already and remember George Floyd.
 

a day of hope


 
Today was a day of hope: from the peaceful demonstrations across America, here in Canada and around the world, like this watercolour scene of Hyde Park London today; from the four charges against those responsible for the death of George Floyd; from the presidential voice of President Obama; and from the words of General Mattis.

“darkness cannot drive out darkness…

…only light can do that.”
 
I read these words by Martin Luther King today posted with an image of a darkened White House after its lights were turned off last night which led to this water-colour in the studio.