COMMUNITY CONTROL OF THE POLICE PROTEST – jULY 2016
Groundwork supports Buddhist sangha
A Shambhala Center responds to the death of a black teenager in their neighborhood, killed by a white police officer.
by Shastri Mark Blumenfeld and Miriam Hall
March 19, 2016 Madison, WI
On March 6, 2015, Tony Robinson, a nineteen-year-old black teenager, was fatally shot two blocks from the Madison Shambhala Center. This was the result of an altercation with a white police officer, who had been called to investigate reports of violent and erratic behavior. While the officer in charge was cleared of any wrongful actions, the death of a young neighborhood man was shocking and devastating. As a boy, Tony had been a schoolmate to sangha members’ children. Black Lives Matter included Tony’s death in their protests that spring, and a local organization called Young, Gifted and Black galvanized around the shooting…