Palestine, Black Lives Matter, Colonialism and oppressive systems.
Thanks for these inspiring and common sense observations.
I see us all rising up together like never before.
So much is being destroyed or is under threat. I think we have a profound duty to heal ourselves, our systems and our planet.
The Fire Brigades Union in Britain is one of at least three major unions to call for a ceasefire. They're frequently at the forefront of social justice movements.
When I hear writers, speakers, and artists speak on Palestine, I feel closest to liberation. When I show up to work, where even social workers and care takers labor, I'm looked at with pity or ignored entirely when I bring up the genocide. Often, it is easy to feel crazed and alone when we have to beg others to consider their humanity and abandon their desire for "debate," so thank you so much for writing on this so that we can see each other and witness the sanity and clarity of resistance.
The congo is terrible, I was watching a lady do a book review, and the history going back to king of Belgium to present is horrid, it brought me to tears.
Here's the book she was reviewing. It's atrocious and just centuries of one group after another enslaving and just abusing in every way the people and resources of congo
absolutely loved this! shared it in my blog post this week (https://open.substack.com/pub/damselindistress/p/exordia-and-tusks-of-extinction?r=8jyjo&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post) 🏽
the picture of crocuses is very appropriate... thank you for a strong, compelling reflection on our times. It inspires me to know that the people have continued, and will continue, to rise up! Onwards!!
I so appreciate your big picture analysis of how social change happens, especially the reminder that repression breeds more resistance. It is frightening to see the repression and yet so important to keep in mind— this means our nonviolent action is working.
In the wake of the 2020 protests, even blue cities in blue states responded by INCREASING their police funding, despite posturing gestures indicating otherwise. Goes to show just how much the protests scared them shitless. And given that our elected officials stubbornly refuse to invest in anything that isn’t policing or fellating the rich, they know, deep down, that they have to invest in the police because they are only going to see more 2020-level protests.
Since some of us cannot upgrade, is there a donation page for you? I would love to support your work.
Maybe Ko-fe...or such? I would appreciate being able to help even a small amount.
I do love this piece. It gives me hope.
It was pretty great to see the fire dept in solidarity even, that's rare AF