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artEquity's Statement of Solidarity from Carmen Morgan
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Dear friends,

As we know, the long road towards justice is always fraught with setbacks. Michael Alpert reminds us in the Trajectory of Change that social transformation is a long hard process, and push back is a part of how we gain justice. Two steps forward, one step back. This is such a predictable rhythm that we must actually build it into our work. Two steps forward, one step back. 
 
This current step back, however, feels particularly challenging and dangerous. On the heels of our first African-American president, it is hard to comprehend that our most powerful office will soon be occupied by white supremacist, sexist, anti-immigrant, ableist, anti-Semitic, homophobes. It's a lot to digest - which is why we are experiencing global mourning and protests.
 
Though it is a small consolation, many of us have been preparing and are prepared. Civil rights attorneys are busy making sure that our civil and human rights will not be compromised. Artists and activists are building community and resisting right now. And people are creating sacred spaces, singing, dancing, and praying. We've been down this road before, we have learned valuable lessons, and we know what to do: 
 
We will continue to speak truth to power. This is not about partisan politics. The values being touted violate all party ideology. What is being upheld, without pretense, is a doctrine of hate and exclusion. To not name it as such, is to be complicit in it. We'll need to use our access and privilege to speak out and interrupt violence whenever we see it, especially if it comes from the highest level of government. 
 
We will sit, stand, and march for ourselves and others. However vulnerable we might feel, let's remember those among us who are in hiding, who have been silenced, and who are in physical danger. Most of us will make it through this season without physical harm and with our families intact. Others in our communities will not. What we do now is what we've always done; we stand (as we are able) in the breach for those who are most vulnerable.
 
We must do this work together. These recent political events are a powerful reminder that the roots of oppression are intertwined. The fear and ignorance that fuels racism also fuels sexism, ableism, heterosexism, islamophobia, anti-Semitism, transphobia, and xenophobia all at once. We have learned that we must address these issues together, intersectionally, and we must work in solidarity. 
 
So we have our work cut out for us, like so many times before. In the words of Sonia Sanchez, we must use our hurricane voices more than ever. And because this push back is a part of a predictable pernicious cycle, many of us are already ready and determined. We know that all oppression is intertwined, and that if they come for one, they come for us all. Our strength is our solidarity.
 
With love,
 
Carmen Morgan
Director, artEquity
 
P.S. Looking for ways to move forward? Here are just a few thoughts:
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