I woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed.
And I know I’m not alone in that. After an impassioned march of millions around the country demanding love and justice, the actions of this administration have felt like a slap in the face.
There is no doubt, this president is going to be swift and harsh in executing his agenda and fulfilling on his “Contract with the American Voter”. In the last few days, President Trump's 12 executive orders have sent a clear message:
He doesn’t respect women’s right to choose (reenacting Mexico City Policy), he’s putting profits over our planet (Keystone Memorandum), he’s coming after our communities (accelerating deportations, cutting funding to sanctuary cities), he’s dismantling our wellbeing (ACA rollbackl), he’s promoting violence and incarceration (reenactment of detention centers and torture methods) and he’s building the friggin wall. And that’s just in the first seven days.
(This would be a good time to take a breath.)
In the face of this attack (and make no mistake, this is an attack on our safety, our wellbeing and our humanity), we are gonna need to dig deep and build a capacity to sustain us for the long road ahead. And to do that, we need to build a culture of solidarity that actively defends and protects our communities (especially those who are most vulnerable like women of color, trans and gender non conforming individuals, migrants, undocumented individuals, Muslim Americans and more).
Solidarity is not done on the sidelines. Solidarity is direct, embodied and active. It’s a stance we take for ourselves, for each other and for our country as a whole.
We need to BE solidarity every step of the way.
It means taking care of our selves and one another.
It means centering the needs of those most vulnerable.
It means boldly speaking truth to power.
It means taking responsibility for the “privilege” it is to be well, feel safe and live free in this country and advocate for wellbeing as a human right.
It means putting our bodies on the line for our communities who are threatened.
It means resisting injustice every step of the way.
It means fiercely holding a vision of our country where everyone belongs.
And it means loving big and holding each other tight.
Solidarity is calling us up to trust one another and what’s possible when we come together for the wellbeing of everyone. At an Emergency Rally hosted buy CAIR last night in Washington Square Park, Linda Sarsour reminded us that “while they are united around hate and divisiveness and racism and homophobia and xenophobia, we are united by solidarity and love, unity.”
This is who we are.
Let's do this.