Army of one

Happy Monday! I hope everyone finds themselves well.

2020 has been quite the year so far. Between the pandemic and the continued struggle for racial equality, it feels like the world is on fire and change is in the air.

Last week, I heard an incredible song that I found deeply meaningful and touching. The song reminded me of my early days when I used to protest, and what hopes we had for a better world.

This got me to thinking about how we are still protesting many of the same issues, as well as bringing up a sadness that we have not come as far as we need.

But I have also seen many positive changes in my life.

It lifts my heart that the generations that have come after me continue the march for a more just world. They are able to do so in part because they have rights and opportunities that I did not have growing up that I helped fight for, just as I was able to do so because of the generations before me.

May we create a better world where all people are not only treated equally and fairly, but are also able to prosper and thrive.

The time is now.

We have all waited too long.

25 Comments

    1. I am glad to hear it resonated with you as well, Teressa. I hope you are keeping well.

  1. You make a succinct point about the multi-generational aspect of protesting. I’m able to protest because of the work and sacrifice of my parent’s generation, and my daughter is able to protest on broader fronts due to the efforts of my generation. Her children have even more to say which needs to be heard.
    It’s such a shame though that some of the things we protest about now are the same things we were protesting 60 years ago. 🙁
    Will it never end?

    1. I do have hope that it will end, yes, but unsure on the timeline. It is definitely tough thinking about it being the same things as 60 years ago, but I am thankful that those 60 years are now behind us so that we may use them to move us forward.

  2. I love this video — it stresses that even as individuals, we can work to make changes (and as an American, I hope and pray that we get people out to VOTE in November — that’s a powerful individual act that absolutely has to happen on a huge scale). Thank you for sharing it!

    1. I am glad it resonated with you, Anne. I agree that it is voting, but also we must be the change we want to see in the world as well. Change has to start at home right in each of our hearts, I believe.

  3. I was there in the 60s and I am here now. There’s so much left to do. The video was spot on perfect. Are we call going to hey speech by George Wallace at the American Legion in Redwood City California in 1968. About 40 of us from my high school went. Our intention was to be peaceful. We got there very early so that we could sit in the first two rows. During the entire speech, which was about an hour, we simply sat there completely silent and stared at him. Not one of us took eyes off of him for even a second. Simply stared. No one of us said a word. He did fine for about the first ten minutes, and for the last fifty minutes he became more and more and more unnerved: stammering, forgetting what he was going to say next, and finally starting to visibly sweat. By the time he was done, he was pale – white as a sheet – and trembling, visibly weak. When he was done, we got up in unison and silently filed out, locking eyes with his supporters in the back rows. Never a word was spoken by any of us.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Michael, but most of all, thank you for being there in Redwood City in 1968. I hope you are keeping well.

    1. Thank you! I would be happy to Retweet it if I knew your twitter handle. Would you be able to share? I hope you are keeping well.

  4. We really need to create a world where everyone’s dignity is respected. Everyone have equal chances to prosper and thrive. Then only can we make this world a better place .

  5. Thank you for this. I, too, protested what feels like a thousands years ago. This is a powerful song and video. I do wish it wasn’t so militaristic. Only love can conquer hate.

    1. Thank you for sharing your insightful comment. Love is often missed unfortunately. I hope for more of that in the future and will work to bring more love to the world where I am able.

  6. It took seven years to overcome a psychopath as school headmaster and expose him. At times I thought I’d have to give up, he put so much pressure on with sabotage and lying. I often wished not to have to fight alone.

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