Sacramento community members organized another guided meditation gathering at the California State Capitol on Friday. D-D-A Ponte, the Sacramento resident who has been leading these guided meditations, says he and UC Davis student, artist, and activist Grace Deyanna will be hosting meditation gatherings every Friday at 3pm in front of the California State Capitol.

 

Sacramento activists have been organizing protests and vigils for the Black Lives Matter movement as the recent murders that were captured on film of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have further outraged the nation to once again, demand criminal justice reform and the end of the racism and oppression against Black people in America. 

 

According to Mapping Police Violence, Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than whites and are 1.3 times more likely to be unarmed when killed by the police.

 

Between the years of 2013 and 2019, 99% of police killings did not result in officers being charged with a crime.

Sacramento residents begin to gather for a guided meditation at the California State Capitol.

 

“Many of us are looking for a revolution and what I’m offering is a revolution of consciousness,” says Deyanna.

 

“My vision is that before we can move forward, we have to first go back and understand why we got here. And how these things continue to happen here now in 2020. The same way we burned things down for Rodney King, the same way we marched for Stephon Clark, and here we are again. What I’m offering people is to understand that the revolution is going to have to start within us,” she explains.

 

“It starts with you. All the change that you want to see starts with you, so if you could start to do that[meditate] for yourself… Just think about if you and 10 million other people did that for themselves, it sounds selfish, and it is and that’s okay,” Ponte adds.

 

“Different people may be coming and offering singing or some type of healing practice but we’ll always meditate…” says Ponte. “If you have any questions at all, or want to contribute, or help out, or just be involved in any way at all just follow us @breathesacramento. Hit us with a DM[direct message].”

 

To learn more about how to participate or assist with these meditation gatherings, visit Instagram.com/breathesacramento.

Sacramento teens hold signs in front of police officers as they guard the California State Capitol.