Many have expressed their intent to participate in the April 19th balloon release that was to be a symbolic gesture expressing our hope for the release of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from death row, where he awaits execution for a crime we know he did not commit.
Several people have reached out to me with the same concern. Balloon releases are lovely and symbolic but bad for the environment and dangerous to wildlife. When I planned this event, I was not aware.
Now that I am, I feel it would not be right to proceed as planned. Knowing what we do about the kind of person Dzhokhar is, I feel strongly he would not want something done in his name that would cause harm to the environment or wildlife.
I ask everyone who plans to participate in this event to choose an alternate outward symbolic act to perform on April 19th.
If everyone could comment at the bottom of this blog post and share on Twitter what you plan to do that would be great.
I have decided to plant Forget-Me-Nots in honor of Dzhokhar and in the soil I will bury a Bible verse, one of the many promises God has given me about a good outcome for Dzhokhar.
We know Dzhokhar to be a kind, compassionate, compliant and giving person. We know he mentored and volunteered, that he was always ready to help others. I feel sure this change of plans would make him smile if he knew.
The group that reached out has offered some good alternatives: plant a tree, scatter seeds, blow bubbles, light a candle…
If the day is windy enough, you could even fly a kite that says FREE JAHAR!
Another idea I had was to weave a ring of wildflowers, attach a note saying FREE JAHAR and let it go in a stream or other body of water.
If I could afford the $19.95 cost, I would pay to have a star named after him. Wouldn’t that be cool? I went on star-name-registry.org and discovered this is a very easy process.
A Catholic friend of mine bought masses for Dzhokhar. I don’t profess to know fully how that works but I understood her intention and deeply appreciate the gesture.
For only $6K – $8K you could hire a skywriter pilot to write FREE JAHAR across the heavens… Ok, ok, maybe we’ll save that for the day he is set free…