Nearly three decades after Anita Hill courageously testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, we are here again. Blaming women. Silencing victims. And letting bad men get away with murder.
Will anything be different?
We can live in love and outrage at the same time. For the sake of justice. For the sake of all of us.
The truth will set us free. We just need to be in relentless pursuit of it.
We can dream beyond borders, we can betray whiteness, we can impeach a tyrant. And we can take back our country. Nothing is impossible.
In this week’s #WELLREAD, Ai Jen Poo asks
“How should civil society respond when the values that define who we are collectively in America — equality and inclusion, freedom of speech, sanctuary to those in need, due process, and protecting the most vulnerable among us — appear to erode?”
Have we lost our moral center? One would think so looking at the policies of this administration. There is no question what side of justice they are on.
Solidarity is based on the principle that we are willing to put ourselves at risk to protect each other (Starhawk).
We are more than a voting body to be bought and sold. We are a community aligned in values and practice and ready to act in the name of love and justice. And we’ve got our work cut out for us.
“And may the appalling hate of others fuel you to step more deeply into your work as a warrior of love, justice, and freedom in the fight against oppression and bigotry.” Cleo Wade
We need to go get our people. The ones who prefer their comfort zone; the ones with the privilege to stay out of politics; the ones who think it’s enough to meditate and eat organic (you know who I’m talking about).
…and it is inspired by the resilience of black, brown and indigenous people who are leading with love from the margins. Therese climbed lady liberty for all of us. Because we are not free until everyone is free.
We will be diligent.
We will be be focused.
We will be dignified.
And we will win.
Itis OK to feel outrage at what’s happening at the border. Our families are being torn apart. Our children are being locked in cages. Our future is hanging in the balance. Outrage is appropriate. But it’s not enough.
From Anthony Bourdain to Mark Gonzales to Rep Pramila Jayapal to Justice Sotomayor to Jamia Wilson to America Ferrara…we live amongst great teachers and we are them ourselves.
It’s a new way of being, an eloquent rage, that embodies both resistance and the resilience and moves us in the direction of liberation and wellbeing for everyone.
This is not just about reclaiming our democracy, its about reclaiming our dignity, it’s about reclaiming our bodies, it’s about reclaiming our humanity.
Let's get vulnerable and curious about how we can repair the breach and move towards healing and community.
This moral reckoning. A course correction. And there will be casualties, heartbreak and disappointment.
But what if holding one another accountable IS love?
We all have a part to play in our collective healing and liberation. As Tarana says, “healing is a lifelong journey and the hardest part is starting”.
This week we are reflecting on reconciliation and what it's really going to take to heal the wounds of our country.