Walking past St. Marks Church in NYC I saw all these T-Shirts hanging from bamboo crosses. It got my attention. As I got closer I could read a name, age and how each child got killed or injured by gunfire. I had to look this up when I got home to find the back story.
It turned out to be an installation to bring attention against gun violence concerning children in the United States, all incidents taking place since last Easter. They wanted to mark the start of Holy Week by putting a name to the bodies and lives that weren’t valued.
St. Marks Church plans on hanging a sign that will state that more than 700 children twelve and younger have been affected the past year by some form of gun violence. What an interesting way to attract attention to a very serious subject. Kudos to Reverend Winnie Varghese for making it visible. She explained “It’s just public witness”.