Sometimes Facebook’s On This Day feature is rough.
Last year, on November 9, at 2am, I was reminding us all to live through the night.
Donald Trump had just been declared the winner of the presidential election.
If you’re reading this, you made it! We lived. I took more than one phone call from a broken-down, or suicidal, or devastated friend in the wake of this election – hours, days, weeks, months later, still reeling. I spent my fair share of time struggling through.
Survivors struggle/d to understand that a rapist and abuser was elected president.
People of Color and all those working for racial justice were/are faced with a white supremacist in chief, awakening and inspiring the worst among us.
And that’s just the tip of the awful iceberg. But really, who better to sit at the tippy top of a white supremacist capitalist colonial able-ist cis-hetero-patriarchal system than a human smear of all of it?
Together, we’re unstoppable.
So let’s take stock. We’re alive. We’re organizing. We’ve had some issue and electoral successes.
More importantly, we are finding each other. We are building community. We are showing up for each other when we need it. We are listening to each other’s stories and supporting each other’s needs. We are finding ways to build joyful and authentic connections and experiences.
Yes, we have to participate in this trash system built to prioritize the whims of the few over of the basic needs of all of us. We have to fight to change it in small increments and to overthrow it and build something better.
But we can’t ever forget to build an authentic and honest community with each other in direct opposition to that system that rewards deceit, greed, and manipulative transactional relationships.
Fighting for justice is just as much in how we treat each other in our day-to-day interactions as it is voting and campaigning and working to change laws and unjust structures.
It’s just as much engaging in conflict with directness and integrity as it is showing up at the protest.
It’s just as much asking for what we need when we’re scared as it is calling our senators.
It’s just as much reminding each other that we’re imperfect and wired for struggle, but worthy of love and belonging right exactly now, as it is spreading the political word on social media.
Those are my thoughts for the day, loves. Be good to yourselves and each other out there.
Together, let’s make something better than what now exists.
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