There is so much to say about the state of our world and our country right now - and what has been the state of our country for generations. Racism, violence, misogyny, xenophobia, intolerance, denial of climate change; whether these injustices have always been a part of your life, or you are just becoming more aware of them now, in this moment we know there is no more time to waste. We need to stand up for one another and protect each other and our earth. Looking forward, I am turning to a passage from a recent essay by Junot Díaz:
"So what now? Well, first and foremost, we need to feel. We need to connect courageously with the rejection, the fear, the vulnerability that Trump’s victory has inflicted on us, without turning away or numbing ourselves or lapsing into cynicism. We need to bear witness to what we have lost: our safety, our sense of belonging, our vision of our country. We need to mourn all these injuries fully, so that they do not drag us into despair, so repair will be possible.
And while we’re doing the hard, necessary work of mourning, we should avail ourselves of the old formations that have seen us through darkness. We organize. We form solidarities. And, yes: we fight. To be heard. To be safe. To be free.
For those of us who have been in the fight, the prospect of more fighting, after so cruel a setback, will seem impossible. At moments like these, it is easy for even a matatana to feel that she can’t go on. But I believe that, once the shock settles, faith and energy will return. Because let’s be real: we always knew this shit wasn’t going to be easy. Colonial power, patriarchal power, capitalist power must always and everywhere be battled, because they never, ever quit. We have to keep fighting, because otherwise there will be no future—all will be consumed."
A first step we can take is to share our stories and opinions with our representatives in government. From now until March 2017, we are offering to print your letters and mail them directly to our local, state and federal officials. The full list of officials we will mail to is below. Please, make your voice heard, help to protect the rights that all people living in the US and around the world deserve. Munbeibi stands with POC, fellow women, the LGBTQ community, all immigrants, refugees, religions, and our planet.