We spend a lot of time here talking about bad news. Because we feel it is important to name what is happening, to not turn away from the discomfort and to confront injustice head on.
Imagine this happening to you. Imagine everywhere you go the fear of your belonging being questioned. Imagine not feeling safe to go anywhere. Imagine coming home from school or work to find your family members missing. Imagine growing up in a country whose administration has decided that you’re not welcome anymore. THAT is exactly what is at stake for millions of Americans if we don’t pass a #DREAMACTNOW.
Trump’s “Sorry, Not Sorry” State of the Union Address was a whole lot of hot air, filled with fantastical claims and empty promises. It was hardly a state of reality.
This is not normal. Or… it is normal, but it shouldn’t be. That’s the problem. Whether we are talking about racists in the White House or sleazy predator dates or tearing our families apart, we are at a cultural and moral crossroads. The question is — what side are we on?
Holy speech. Did you feel it? I was energized and ready to rumble.
But I was not feeling called to campaign for Oprah 2020. I was feeling called to citizenship. Not the kind that requires documents or papers. Or the kind that comes about every four years. But an everyday practice of how we show up for the wellbeing of the whole.
If 2017 was the year of resistance, this is the year of creating something new. Not just any kind of engagement. An engagement that is rooted in values, fortified in practice and amplified in relationship.
This is a precarious place to be. Wedged between where we are coming from and where we go next. Between what we know and what is to be revealed. There is no magic resolution for this moment. There is only action and faith.
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Transactional politics is not going to get us where we want to go. We need to transform our relationship with civic engagement.