Today was amazing. TL;DR: it's time to unite.
Matt posted a great picture on IG today of this little rockstar with the words: "The world is your oyster, G. Let's make it a better place" and it summed up today perfectly.
Millions of people around the world united today in hope and feminism, and against misogyny, racism, bigotry and fear. Today is exactly what we needed to help make the world a better place. But today needs to continue tomorrow. This is a long haul, political activism to invoke positive change takes ongoing engagement, organization, work, and determination.
One of the best places to start is with family and friends and to bring people in. There is great frustration with our current economic system and that is justified. Some politicians, pundits, bloggers and commentators have pointed to false causes as the source of this frustration to divert attention from real problems and to protect the economic system that has put them in power and has allowed a monumental horde of wealth in the hands of a few.
We need to listen to each other, hear each others concerns with compassion, and together we need to fight the root of the frustration and the problems we face as a society. These problems aren't caused by someone who is different, whether that gender, skin colour, religion, or sexuality, but by inequality itself.
So whenever a politician, or a decision-maker, or someone of influence tries to distract from the goal of ending inequality by blaming immigrants "for taking your jobs", or blaming workers "for wanting too much money", or blaming a different ethnicity "for having barbaric cultural practices, or by blaming the poor "who are abusing the welfare system", or by blaming a generation "who are lazy and entitled", or by blaming women "for not staying home" we cannot allow them to stoke our frustration for their benefit.
We need to bring the conversation back to uniting, not dividing, to sharing power not concentrating it and together we will end oppression and raise all boats for all people.
The photo with this post was taken Friday evening before we had supper - Melissa made the best lasagna ever.