Hello from Workspace Six
under the tracks of Amsterdam Central Station!
Since Wednesday, I’m back from a whirlwind trip of 5 airports in 3 days to Florida for the 12th time
since Sept 2018. I left early Sunday after my 200 mile #DirtyKanzelled ride (more about that below) to pick up my son & daughter. I’m relieved to report they’ll be spending the next 8 weeks here in Holland. Largely, due to Corona, we hadn’t see each other since February when I visited directly after completing the Atlas Mountain Race. It had been more than 6 months since my kids were in The Netherlands for Christmas last year!
This trip, of course, was unique for a number of reasons: the bizarre travel experience due to corona (the link above shares my instagram stories during my trip), the ever troubling state of affairs in the USA currently (hence the theme of this issue) and the feeling that I was rescuing my kids from a perilous environment, now more than ever.
Long story short, I’m relieved to be back in Amsterdam but still troubled by what I saw and what we’re all seeing in the USA.
So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. […] The more specific we can make demands for criminal justice and police reform, the harder it will be for elected officials to just offer lip service to the cause and then fall back into business as usual once protests have gone away.
- Ban chokeholds & strangleholds
- require de-escalation
- require warning before shooting
- requires exhaust all alternatives before shooting
- duty to intervene
- ban shooting at moving vehicles
- require use of force continuum
- require comprehensive reporting
Personally, I feel the more that everyone discusses, advocates and personally enacts change that we can ultimately make a real difference. Ultimately, only 3.5% of the population is all you need! Read about that below too! : )
As always, thank you for reading and I wish you a great weekend ahead!
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