A lot of us woke up depressed and despairing today.
As someone who has been activating for social change for close to 30 years now, there are a few things I have learnt about staying the course in the most challenging times:
- We must demonstrate collectively and effectively. While the government is often the greatest offender of injustice we must hold them accountable. There are 1 million ways to channel truth: choose one.
- We need to stay strong: do the things you need to do to feel and heal. Fight with everything you have to, to not let the negative shitstorm keep you in despair. For those of us with mental health issues – well that is the life fight. But we must fight every single force that tries to run us over – that is the age old fight: justice v injustice, good v evil….maybe it is the eternal, never ending fight. In any case hang on to every single ray of light that shines. Keep feeding on hope otherwise we become weak and paralyzed.
I have never been effective when I was in the depths of despair.
- Continue to celebrate life, make art do whatever you can to create JOY. We must keep sitting together, dancing with each other and telling the stories that inspire.
It is food, it is nourishment it is how communities in the worst of conditions have persisted.
Let’s all remember and honour Jack Layton’s last words to Canada:
“Consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done. My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
We are in this together….until we aren’t.
Love and Justice,
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