Beloved friends and neighbors,
As the fast and furious news spiral out from Washington, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and sad. Especially since so many of us are direct targets of these horrific actions. It is our families, our neighbors, and our best friends who are being impacted by the Islamophobic ban on refugees and the threats of sweeping immigration raids and deportations. Whether it is us directly impacted or our loved ones, one thing is clear - these misguided policies will attempt to rip our tighly-knit communities apart and they will affect us all.
But the inauguration of the President was also the inauguration of a new chapter in our resistance.
In addition to the press conference I helped to host in St. Paul yesterday, our office has been relentless about carrying the light of justice even more brightly than ever before. This act of resistance is in solidarity with you and so many others who care deeply about the people who have made us strong. About protecting the families who have raised us, the neighbors who have revitalized our streets and businesses. Our office is a powerful reflection of your beautiful joy and love.
To that end, I wanted to highlight some of the many events which have taken place over the past week to help us collectively remember that the struggle is alive and well. Whether it's you challenging yourself to use your bike everyday, or spending time growing local and organic food, or waking up in the early dawn to participate in a workers' strike - all of our individual actions, when added up, create the colorful tapestry of justice that is the Ninth Ward. It is one we will continue to weave with you every step of the way and one we will protect against every attack.