“We are our brother and sister’s keeper. What are you doing now and what will you do in the future? We have a responsibility to bring an

end to this brutality now. Let our voices unite and be heard!” The Rev. Shockley is a native of Los Angeles, and he was educated at Harvard

College and the University of Missouri. He holds the master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and has done advanced graduate work in New Testament studies at Claremont Graduate University in California. He was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1979. But in 1990, he joined the United Church of Christ (UCC) when he accepted the call to join the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship, UCC, in Los Angeles. Shockley became a community leader in the aftermath of the 1992 riots that

followed the acquittal of the police officers involved in the savage beating of Rodney King. Shockley spearheaded an interracial dialogue to heal the broken community. Today, along with performing his pastoral duties at Pilgrim UCC, he serves on the board of directors of American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties. It was 19 years ago when Shockley wrote his first commentary on the killing of a Black man by police officers. While most recent AND historic social justice protests have been peaceful,

Shockley has commented on the rage that can lead to looting and rioting: “Rage is not rational. Rage only asks, ‘How do I make you understand the pain that I am feeling?’ Rage burns where it lives; it does not travel well. Rage is more a form of self-flagellation than a strategic attack on injustice.” Shockley further shared a

quote from acclaimed author James Baldwin:“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” At a recent Black Lives Matters rally in Carlsbad, Shockley was a keynote

speaker. He shared his speech notes withThe Rage Monthly. Here is just one excerpt: “We have seen another video of a Black man and a white police officer. We

watched as George Floyd cried out ‘I can’t breathe!’ Our breath is sacred. This is why murder is a sin. Why does this keep happening in America? The police officer knelt for over 8 minutes on George Floyd’s neck in front of witnesses and cameras. Did he think there would be no consequences? ... Our criminal justice system is broken. Our social justice system is alive and well! … We are our brother and sister’s keeper. What are you doing now and what will you do in the future? We have a responsibility to bring an end to this brutality now. Let our voices unite and be heard!” #BLM #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #VoteWithPride #WearAMask

Lisa Lipsey was raised in north San Diego County and has over 20 years of management experience in residential care facilities and end-of-life care, as well as nonprofit management and fund development. She currently serves on the board of directors for Fraternity House, Inc., an HIV hous- ing and care agency. Lisa has been a contributing writer forThe Rage Monthly since its founding.

Black Trans Lives Matter In demanding justice for Black lives lost to police violence, the protests are

also beginning to shed light on violence against Black transgender people. Just this month, two Black transgender women,Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells, were killed within a 24-hour period. Their tragic deaths follow the high-profile police killing ofTony McDade, a Black transgender man who was shot by police, andNina Pop, a Black transgender woman who was stabbed to death.Beyond attending protests, consider donating to Southern California LGBTQ Centers, the NAACP and the ACLU. Below is a list of agencies that support, protect and uplift Black trans lives:

• The Okra Project provides resources and meals to Black transgender

people across the world. • G.L.I.T.S. works to provide care and resources to the transgender

community. The organization iscurrently using funds to provide housing for Black trans people.

• The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, named in honor of the gay liberation

activist and drag queen, dedicates itself to protecting and defending the right of Black transgender people.

• TheSylvia Rivera Law Project, named for the transgender civil rights pioneer, is a collective dedicated to ensuring gender self-determination for all.

• TheTransgender Law Center works to change laws and policies for the

safety and liberation of transgender and gender nonconforming people.

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