As more people get vaccinated, glimpses of our “before” life are starting to reveal themselves. As Laurie Penny described “normal life is coming back slow and strange, like plant life after a nuclear blast, and we won't know the scale of the damage until something like safety feels possible”.
Which begs the question: “What is the world we want to get back to?”
Do we want to return to workaholism and relentless productivity? Do we want to forget that workers are essential and deserving of our appreciation and a living wage? Do we want to go back to conservative policies that discriminate and dehumanize people? Do we want to continue to drill on sacred land and destroy our planet?
Or do we want to imagine and envision what the Zapatista movement called “a world where many worlds fit”?
We have the most incredible opportunity right now to reject any return to “normal” and choose something better. Let’s not miss it.
Capitalism is a death march, but it is one we’re told we should find fulfilling [[link removed]]. Kelly Hayes talks with author Sarah Jaffe about the manipulation, surveillance and criminalization of workers under capitalism, and what we can do about it. [click to tweet] [[link removed]]
Climate anxiety is an overwhelmingly white phenomenon [[link removed]]. But is it really just code for white people wishing to hold onto their way of life or to get “back to normal?” Must read. [click to tweet] [[link removed]]
Our ‘infrastructure’ isn’t just steel and concrete. It is the millions of people who provide care services and the millions who rely on them. Jamaal Bowman on why Biden’s infrastructure plan should center care work. [[link removed]] [click to tweet] [[link removed]]
It’s not enough to be a better white person. Breaking up with white supremacy was always the end game. [[link removed]] [click to tweet] [[link removed]]
Actions speak louder than words. Patagonia is putting their money where their mouth is [[link removed]]and pledging 1 million dollars to fight GOP efforts to restrict voting. [click to tweet] [[link removed]]
The Rise at Standing Rock in 2016 was one of the most significant moments in the Indigenous Rights Movement in a generation. Indigenous youth and environmental activists [[link removed]]reignited that movement this week to protest the Line 3 and DAPL pipelines that “snake” through and threaten indigenous land. Along with the 400,000 petition signatures, activists carried an enormous 316-foot-long black snake, representing the oil pipeline. Here’s how you can take creative action from our friends at Beautiful Trouble: [[link removed]]
ACT: You can write to Biden here: [link removed] [[link removed]] and tell him to #BuildBackFossilFree
BUILD: When thousands of folks collaborate in a mass street action, that’s when magic and movements happen. How to create mass actions and tap into the irresistible power of people [[link removed]].
FOLLOW: We don’t need more do-gooders, we need humble activists who are willing to take direction and leadership from those most affected by an issue. Quick read: Follow the lead of those most impacted [[link removed]].
Art @amplifierart @obeygiant
Despite an organization’s good intentions around equity, many are falling short because of fear. “Fear of open conflict is destroying workplaces, and it’s disproportionately harming Black and Latinx women workers” [[link removed]]. According to “Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture [[link removed]]” it looks like ignoring conflict, blaming the person for raising an issue rather than looking at the issue itself, emphasizing politeness and penalizing constructive intervention and feedback. Not only does it uphold white male dominance, it undermines relationships and any opportunity we have to grow together. It’s not whether conflicts will happen, but when conflicts will happen. Conflict is a part of the relational human experience. Cultivating a practice of noticing, understanding, interrupting, and debriefing conflict is a key in creating spaces that allow Black, Indigenous People of Color to thrive. Here are the five gifts of conflict from the Turning Towards Each Other workbook [[link removed]]:
Conflict connects us to our values and needs
Conflict clarifies strategy
Conflict surfaces assumptions
Conflict strengthens relationships
Breaking up is hard to do, but it is also how we GROW. Give yourself permission to let go and open up to what’s next.
Art at @fleurdelisspeaks
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