by Terry Marshall
Strategy Architect, Intelligent Mischief
This is my third time in Ferguson and I’ve seen the street marches, actions, and police violence. I’ve seen people crying and laughing but I’ve yet, until this trip, experienced the level of far-reaching anxiety that the city is suffering through now at the hands of a government who refuses to give any hint of when a decision may come down.
The media has been using the typical tropes of the “black savage” – creating a narrative of violent, unruly protesters. We on the ground, we are seeing a different story – hundreds of people coming together in nonviolent civil disobedience trainings, planning meetings, and just breaking bread.
The tradition of militant nonviolent civil disobedience is about reclaiming the narrative by creating drama. In the MNVCD trainings, Rev. Sekou of the Fellowship of Reconciliation asks participants to be guided by deep abiding love rather than anger.
But there is a lot of anger here. I made a trip to the local Target store and while in line I noticed that the young lady that was my cashier was very jumpy and nervous. I asked her if she was ok and she responded “No. I’m really scared about the decision. Nobody knows when it’s going to drop and I don’t know what to do.” Hearing this I realized that she would benefit from the message in the MNVCD trainings but the problem was to figure out how to bring the message to her.
The idea that came to me was to create this hashtag #DeepAbidingLove that would take back the narrative and help to heal those suffering from this anxiety. I would like to invite everyone to visit the website bit.ly/deepabidinglove and tweet how you plan to affirm your connection to your community with #DeepAbidingLove after the decision drops.
“We are not attacking individuals but an evil system.
We are angry but we don’t let the anger have the last word.
We’re guided by #DeepAbidingLove,
and deep abiding love comes from deep preparation.”