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Resilience and Revolution: The Why
A first post on why I'm launching this, right now
So here we sit, on the edge of something.
Right now, as I write this, we are emerging from a hellish four years. 335,000 Americans are dead from COVID. We are surrounded by loss and absolutely spent from what it has taken to just survive to this moment.
And we are a scant 22 days to the inauguration of Joe Biden.
We’ve got a long way to go between here and there, but much further to go once we arrive.
You may be wondering why I’ve decided to start publishing my writing here at this moment in time.
There’s three basic reasons, as follows:
I’m writing more these days than I ever have;
Those of you who follow me (or have followed me) at the daily broadcast #ResistanceLive over the past four years have gotten a taste, but only a taste, of my work; and
We’re on the precipice of tremendous possibility, and I don’t believe in wasting those. Ever.
As you might have gleaned, the last one is the most important to me right now.
As a longtime activist, organizer, lawyer, writer and expert in the women’s leadership arena, I’ve long concerned myself with issues of equity and justice.
The moment we’re approaching right now, though, feels different.
Right now, it seems to me, we have a chance to create wholesale transformation in our culture, but only if we’re committed to doing the work, staying focused on what matters, and using our voices for change.
While politics is my passion and law used to be my life, the truth of the matter is that the core of who I am is about transformation and revolutionary change. It’s been so much the focus of my life and my purpose that I’ve got a book coming out in July 2021 on this exact subject, called Becoming Heroines.
After the last four years, though, many of us are absolutely burnt out, exhausted, and unclear on what to do next.
Enter Resilience and Revolution: Where We Are Now with ECM.
This newsletter is intended to light the path toward necessary change for all who are interested in walking it, so that we are able to maximize our collective efforts to create real, foundational shifts, and real, desperately needed healing, and so that what we’ve lived through over the last four years (and let’s be honest, since the beginning of this country) never comes to pass again.
My personal belief is that we have a chance to create that change in the coming months that will be unlike any opportunity we’ve had so far in our lifetimes, and we need to be prepared to do that work.
Change that sticks, and that addresses the cracks at the foundation of America, will require a breakthrough movement across issues and diversities-- a true intersectional movement for change.
It will require each of us to do the internal work necessary to activate our external actions toward freedom for all, to unpack our internalized biases, and to motivate one another along the way.
It will require all of us to have the tools to lead, to listen, to learn, to self-investigate, and to keep going for as long as it takes.
I do hope you’ll consider subscribing to this newsletter as a tool to help you walk that path. I’ll be coming at you two to three times a week with posts that will be part activism, part storytelling, part motivation, part inspiration and part tough love, with advice and lessons and humility in abundance.
I hope it will drive you to be a part of the solutions we so desperately need right now for our nation, our planet, and for justice.
Our first post will drop on 1/1/2021.
Here’s to stepping into the portal.