On Saturday, July 20, Gyokuko attended a demonstration culminating in a memorial service for those who died in the past at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The site was slated to receive 1400 migrant children separated from their families beginning in August. It has previously housed Native Americans and Japanese interned during WWII. The memorial service honored all of them.
Several Buddhist priests from around the country attended, and about 400 people were involved in the protest, including family members and descendants of Japanese who died at the fort, Native American elders, and DACA young people. See the Lion’s Roar article about this event.
The photo shows Duncan Ryuken Williams (left, with palms open), Zen priest and author of American Sutra, who organized the event, with some of the paper cranes created by people across the country (including our Dharma Campers) sent to the event.