Today I pause to reflect on these writings. As I hope my readers ascertain, my purpose is to use my voice to contribute to collective liberation. My essays often analyze how systems of oppression operate, while illuminating the work of those who are building alternatives to those systems. They offer critiques while showcasing creative solutions. My intention is to weave myself into the stories of white supremacy/patriarchy/etc., taking this journey alongside those of you who are also seeking transformation. My intention is also to motivate action and change. And so I ask, am I?
Many of you have told me that you appreciate my writing, that it helps you, that you share it with your friends and discuss it with your families. What I am interested in knowing is what specific changes have you experienced as a result of reading? What action has been spurred by these words? Of course, I know you are absorbing numerous influences beyond my work, and perhaps you cannot make a direct connection back to anything I’ve written. If you can, however, I’d love to hear about it.
Lately I’ve been feeling like bird sitting here on my perch chirping about things I think are important, not sure how I’m helping the other birds. I need to hear some chirps back. Chirps to help me measure the impact of what I’m doing, and hopefully to help me refine and improve. Because I am only interested in spending my time composing these pieces if they are making a difference.
Related, I have a friend who gets overwhelmed reading my essays and suggested I do a “pop-up” where I speak for “15 minutes,” and folks can drink “white wine spritzers” and ask questions. What do you think about that idea? Worth the effort to try and organize?
My writing is for people who already aware and care about justice. I am not likely to open a closed mind. My readers are ready to be uncomfortable. When I write, I am focused on those who are willing to use the discomfort that comes with an expanded understanding to move towards new ways of being. Ways of being that hopefully can touch minds and hearts around them. May our networks of influence continue to grow.
All of this to say, I’d like to hear from you. Respond to this post if you’re a subscriber, or click here to fill out my contact form. Any thoughts will be appreciated.
Celebrate and Support
The cover story of the latest issue of the Urban News features three of Asheville’s badass Black leaders and creators. Click here to read.
Have you been following JMPRO Community TV? They have added some new regular features to their bilingual programming such as an informative weekly local politics update. You can follow their community-centered content via Facebook or YouTube. Last week they produced a great bilingual story covering the Asheville Black Mamas “End Money Bail” Bail Out Action, which you can watch here.
Hood Huggers International is raising funds to purchase a new bus for Hood Tours, which will allow them to reach more people as they continue their important work towards “Rebuilding Affrilachia.” Click here to find out more and donate.
The time is now to make a donation to support Nuestro Centro’s third annual RAICES Summer Camp, which is an “educational and cultural space” that offers community, care, education, enrichment, and leadership development for over 40 Latinx children from the Emma community in Asheville. Click here to give.
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