Justice Work

I used to think that resistance is the only path to justice

Then I was reminded of all those who came before me

I was reminded of all those who worked together for justice

Justice work is hard work, but justice work is work that we do together

It never has to be lonely work

And it never has to be defined by what we are resisting

Instead it can be defined by what we are working towards so that work may continue until all our battles are won

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Waiting for the bus…

Her choice to enter your

Car

Truck

Van

Is not my choice to enter your

Car

Truck

Van

No I will not

Like it

On my bike

No I will not

Like it

In bare feet

No I will not

Like it

In my front yard

No I will not

Like it

Walking down the street

With my child

With my friend

On my own

No I will not

Like it

Want it

Or ask for it

Her choice is not my choice

Daily Poetry Project

Often my poems are like prayers or songs that allow me to break away my fears of being too vulnerable or too emotional. I don’t always quite know what to do with emotions :). I often think that they are quite inconvenient although as I grow and evolve as a person I have realized the necessity of feeling. I still like to express my emotions through poetry though so as a challenge to myself and to encourage more writing I’ve decided to write one poem each day until the end of year.

Confession

Confession: After the last presidential election I was very afraid of white men. I don't want to lump all white men into one group, but I am still afraid of white men. I want this fear to go away. I don't feel safe standing up against white men or going into spaces that white men occupy.
I'd like to make a request to all white men who want to stand up against white supremacy and a hatred that makes us all unsafe. Do it. Your presence and your voice more than any other groups is required to speak out against white supremacy.

I see the pain

I see the pain
I see the pain of my friends who are white who get it. 

They want to apologize.they are deeply depressed. 

The disparity is overwhelming.  

They have not known this much pain before. 
They start to worry about us and reach out, asking how We are doing. 

We say despite the horrible things happening in the world. 

We are good. 
We can say this because We are strong. 

This is something We have been working against our entire lives. 

We can say this because We know that it will not go away. 

We can say this because despite those days when We just want to cover our heads and not get out of bed, We remember that the alternative is an even greater call to stay woke because we are good.