I cannot write about the sentencing of Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara. I don't have the words today. My heart and thoughts are with their whanau, and those of Emily and Urs.
I appreciate what others are writing. Here are some links to wonderful, articulate responses that speak to the anger and sadness I am feeling:
Leonie Pihama at Te Wharepora Hou, Where is the justice in all this?
Maia at The Hand Mirror, What can they do to you? Whatever they want
Marty Mars at mars 2 earth, lighting a fuse
Annette Sykes Mana Party press release, A sad day for justice
There are protests organised in a number of places (links from Maia's article at THM):
Friday, 25th May 2012, 1pm, Palmerston North District Court. Bring placards, banners, chants and friends.
Friday, 25th May 2012, 12pm, Wellington High Court. Bring placards, banners, chants and friends.
Saturday, 26th May 2012, 2pm, Mt Eden Prison.
Saturday 26th May 2012, 2pm, Dunedin District Court House.
Saturday 26th May 2012, 4pm, Christchurch Police Station.
There will be more. We must support each other and fight this system with its bullshit outcomes in whatever way works for us. I'd love to hear what you all are doing.