Thursday, June 28, 2018

Do Not Despair! Your Country Needs You

Do not despair! There is no time or use for despair. Your country needs you, and your energy.

It needs you to help reunite children unconscionably torn from their parents. 

It needs you to shine a light on dark money in politics.
It needs you to pressure your representatives in Congress by contacting them repeatedly in every medium possible.
It needs you to protect kids from being shot at school.
It needs you to protect journalists from being shot at work.
It needs you to defy kleptocracy and autocracy.
It needs you to vote.
It needs you to run for office.
It needs you to defend free speech by using your voice and exercising your rights.
It needs you to combat propaganda by affirmatively debunking it and not disseminating it further.
It needs you to peaceably assemble by joining a protest or a rally.
It needs you to defend the equal protection of women, people of color, and LGBTQ people by listening to them as authorities of their own experiences and amplifying their voices.
It needs you to speak out against human rights abuses.
It needs you to insist on due process for everyone on its soil.
It needs you to care about more than one thing at a time.
It needs you to fight for more than one thing at a time.
It needs you to appreciate the gravity of this moment.
It needs you to help redeem its reputation on the world stage as a steward of the planet and a beacon of freedom.
It needs you to stand up for marginalized people in your daily lives.

America’s constitutional democracy—the real American dream—is in the fight of its life, and it needs every last social justice warrior it can get. So the next time someone calls you a social justice warrior like that’s a bad thing, you tell them they’d BEST believe that shit. 

Beyoncé already wrote the seven words you need to hear right now:


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