Texas got ready to execute a woman, its 500th execution since 1982.
We stood with signs on a busy Brownsville rush-hour corner, proclaiming our opposition to the death penalty.
Brownsville priest Father Armand Matthew had died earlier in the week.
He always came to the death penalty protests, 100-degree heat, 40-degree cold.
He went to numerous peace marches, anti-Border Wall and affirmative immigration demonstrations, rallies to reform campaign spending and pro-single payer healthcare gatherings.
A driver stopped at a light.
He yelled, while drawing a finger across his throat,
“Kill the b—-!”
Father Matthew would have urged patience towards the angry motorist.
He was optimistic the man could change, and then he’d say:
“Poco a poco, the struggle for social change.”
I hope to carry Father Matthew’s work for a more just society to my end,
just as he did.
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky
Editor: Here are some opinions from Laredo. Hopefully the Pro 8 news team didn’t cherry pick the results. Anti-Death people seem to be scarcer than snow balls in Laredo (in July).