The post that started it all:
Within the last 12 hours, I have received many texts and emails filled with anguish and fear. Last night, I struggled to pinpoint how I was feeling. Today, I rise ready to fight.
I remember the blood that courses in my veins and the world I have seen. I am a fifth generation woman of color in America. I come from a long line of activists and survivors who organized their community in internment camp, rose from the ashes in Hiroshima, took on the federal government and won Redress and simply fought hard every day to raise themselves out of poverty in the face of seemingly insurmountable racial hatred and misogyny. I think of what I see every day in the Next Generation Scholars community – Young Latinx youth rising to fight for the right to women’s healthcare and the end of rape culture; out, proud Asian youth leading the LGBTQ+ community; young Black fists raised in the air demanding that the world recognize their humanity and value their lives; and young Muslims, strong in their faith, displaying the true spirit of Islam. This is who we were yesterday and this is who we are today. The only difference is starting today we must be more vocal, we must push harder, we must stand stronger and we must remember those who came before us, and those who will come after. The fight is in our hands. No one knows how to do this better than us because it is in our blood.
No, the center will not be closed today.
No, I am not going to spend the day at home.
No, I will not allow the new leadership to threaten or destroy all that we have built.
This is what will happen today, tomorrow, for the next four years, and forever after.
We will protect our undocumented family.
We will demand and secure the rights of our LGBTQ+ family.
We will defend the humanity of our black brothers and sisters.
We will protect the religious freedom of our Muslim family.
We will defend the rights of our sisters to control our own bodies, to be free from harm and to be valued equally.
In short, today, the Next Generation Scholars family is stronger than ever, undaunted, unbowed, unafraid.
Today, WE WILL RISE. TOGETHER.
What will you do?