On July 4, 5 and 6th, 2019 Mary Byrne was filled with hope, joy and optimism. She would have been appalled and dismayed by recent events. She would have been driven to drop EVERYTHING to work to do her part to make this world a better place. As we enter into a month of mourning her leaving us, this is a time to celebrate her dedication to make this world a better place.

She would want us to look inward and see what resources we can use to make this world a better place for our children and grandchildren.

May it be so.
Les Vivian​

Here’s what I posted on FACEBOOK today.

“No you should NOT watch this or read this! It is just too painful. Unfortunately the people who should hear or read these words don’t visit my Facebook Page.

The question for those of you reading my words is: How do we get to the day when we hear the voice of our inner racial bias and think before we take an action that might hurt someone else?

The video of George Floyd’s last moments touch so many people is because we saw him as a human being who deserved to live. This was a palpable sanctity of life moment. He was not a hero. He was not a martyr. He was a victim. Elijah McClain was a victim. I do not live in fear of becoming a victim because the color of my skin protects me. This is a white privilege that is denied to people of color. We all must work to make the world a better place.”