Fight, because people will die if they repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Fight, because HUD cuts will mean thousands of more people will experience homelessness.
Fight, because we know what tax cuts mean for that kid we care about whose family is currently sleeping in their car.
Fight, because we can’t let bigotry take the ground we have gained for our friends in the LGBTQ community.
Fight, because racist ideology should never determine policy.
Fight, fight, fight--if we lose those we love might die.
Our fight did not start last January; our struggle for social justice and human rights is timeless. However, our effort does go through different stages and iterations. Old ways of racist, ignorant, and bigoted ideology do not die with a whimper; instead, it must rise so that we may see its true and ugly nature. It is this exposure that motivates the masses to action creating an “equal and opposite reaction” that moves social justice forward and solidifies our gains.
We fight because history shows that those who construct a wall of compassion against hatred and ignorance change societies for the better. As we fight desperately for fundamental human rights such as health care and housing, our well-being seems almost selfish to even consider. Understanding that the most significant challenges of our lives await us in the coming months, we must breathe, refresh, and plan for how we bring our best selves to the fight for the future of those for which we advocate.
Self-care is not an option my friends! It is as much a part of the fight as our community organizing and advocacy to policymakers. Recovery is when our mind and bodies incorporate our exertion and the knowledge we gained into resiliency and increased strength. Without stopping, taking a breath, and reflecting on lessons learned we lose the opportunity to grow and instead become exhausted and ineffective in our work.
Consider what follows my training protocol for the revolution! I want you to be a rockstar change agent: your friends and family deserve your best, and those we serve demand we bring all our mental and physical resiliency for the fight of our lifetime. As we say goodbye to one year and look ahead to the next, it is the perfect time to start a self-care regimen, build strength and resiliency, and create habits that will maintain your health and energy well into your future.
Remember, you are not alone in your struggle. There are thousands of us working every day to help those struggling in our community. We need you at your best to hold on to the gains we made over the last several years and will need you at your best when the tide turns and opportunities present themselves in the future.