We’d like to take this moment to appreciate YOU and celebrate a triumph of wellbeing and humanity. Too often, in our relentless pursuit of justice, we don’t pause to acknowledge how far we’ve come together. And we have come along way, baby. So from all of us at CTZNWELL, THANK YOU for marching and calling and yelling from the rooftops. But most of all, for staying true to our values and commitment to collective wellbeing.
The actions of this administration are beyond wrong and unjust. They are straight up heartbreaking. This week has us wondering “what’s next”? With a runaway Senate advancing a secret healthcare bill that nearly everyone opposes to another “ban” by the administration to dehumanize trans military service persons as a “distraction,” we are being challenged on all fronts. And we are heartbroken.
The GOP healthcare bill is dead. And we remember in this moment that collective resistance and constituent power is a force for change. We have to pause and celebrate. But our fight is not over. See ACT UP for the latest in our fight for our healthcare. And this week, we’re spotlighting a lot more in our PRACTICING JUSTICE section. Spiritual voices we need right now. Books, movies, etc. It’s pop culture to our rescue with Game of Thrones, A Wrinkle In Time (Ava DuVernay!!!!!!), Naomi Klein’s new book promising hope 🙏, and Fran Lebowitz getting frank on race.
Buckle up. This week is a doozy. With the health care vote fast approaching we are "all hands on deck" to push back against a bill that is going to make America sick again. The Women's March has a major beef with the NRA. And companies, activists, and citizens are rallying behind the internet today as Net Neutrality and open access to the web is at risk. Oh...and impeachment.
But we're ready, thanks to the wisdom, inspiration, and innovation from people like Greg Tate, Alicia Garza, Courtney Martin, UndocuHealing, Stephen Colbert, Indivisible, and more, who are guiding the way forward in all things practice, action, and justice.
This July Fourth week, we're celebrating "Interdependence Day" to acknowledge that we must remember the whole of who we are and how we got here. The diverse voices and perspectives (Roxane Gay, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Adrienne Mare Brown, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Suffering the Silence, Melody Moore, and more) in this letter are what "makes America great" and will certainly determine our course toward a nation where we all get to be well.
This week, we're reminded by one of our favorite voices in media that we are in this for the long haul. It's an important reminder when injustices continue to pile up, and we, day after day, need to turn to practices and actions to help us stay sane and sustainable. We're focusing this week on killing the bill before it kills us. And we need everyone to take action. (See ACT UP.) Also, this week, paying attention, standing for love, going beyond allyship, and everything important we miss when all we do is focus on 45. All of this AND a Bruno Mars parody that is just, well, hilarious.
Our hearts are feeling heavy this week. With the senseless deaths of Nabra Hassanen and Charleena Lyles, the Philando Castile verdict, and the secret, not-so secret lies of the Senate as they try to squeeze through Trumpcare. And we're mad as hell, really. We're not alone in that. (See Shortcut). Thankfully we have the brilliant words of peacemaker and professor, Najeeba Sayeed, on communal grief and the opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth and World Refugee Day. We're also activating around healthcare and justice and listening to a Senate-approved playlist. Take good care of yourself this week.
Once again, we find ourselves heartbroken in the face of senseless violence on our communities due to guns and hate. When is enough going to be enough? As we remember the great loss in Orlando and confront the shock and heartbreak of today's mass shootings in VA and SF, we’re reminded of the urgency of our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of one another. We turn to the words that remind us that love is love is love is love. And we take action. Because the time is always NOW to #disarmhate and end violence.
This has been a tough week in peace, love and justice. From the injustice of Betty Shelby’s acquittal to the horrific Manchester attack to an egregious budget proposal that leaves the most vulnerable behind — we have our work cut out for us. But we are ready…thanks to a practice of clear seeing and courageous conversations about race, allyship and collective wellbeing. Shout out to our friends at Safety Pin Box for leading the way in solidarity and liberation. Together, we really are better.