As the Biden Administration commemorated their one year anniversary via press conference, Biden asked an important question of Republicans on the other side: “what are they for?". But it’s not just the right that is blocking progress, it is the entire damn system. Which begs the question, what are WE for, really?
If you look at the size and scope of corporate bailouts during COVID (nearly 4 trillion dollars), it far outweighs the support given to struggling workers and families. Military spending increased to 753 billion dollars in FY21 but we can’t provide free tests and N95s to all Americans. And in the midst of an unprecedented healthcare collapse and mass disabling event, there is still no coordinated effort to push for universal healthcare furthering the wellbeing gap and who gets to be well and who doesn’t. When our own government deems disabled people disposable, when health care workers are being told to return to work before they’ve recovered, when children are staging walkouts because of unsafe conditions in schools, its no wonder people are disoriented and afraid for our future.
“Capitalism is the unfolding catastrophe,” says Bree Newsome. “What’s important now is how we organize ourselves to survive collapse and build a better world in the aftermath…How will we care fore each other? What preparations will we make for the disruption of basic infrastructure? How do we establish real self governance and democracy?”
These are the questions we are asking today and everyday. Because they are the questions that will lead us to the future that we are for - that we all deserve.
May we live into the questions that will get us all free.
The filibuster is corporate America’s kill switch. Corporate media pretends Manchin and Sinema are heroes defending honorable principles, while they are actually working to preserve D.C. lobbyists’ best weapon. [click to tweet]
This week, we’re reflecting on Biden’s first year in office. And while there are wins, there is so much more to do, so much more that is needed for our collective survival and wellbeing. Still on the table is essential, life-saving legislation that Congress needs to pass before mid-terms (exactly 292 days away). To do that, we must abolish the filibuster once and for all and get to work. We cannot afford inaction. Here’s where we put the focus in 2022 and who to follow:
Voting rights now. Follow Black Voters Matter.
Raise the wage. Follow Fight for 15.
Protect immigrants. Follow Mijente.
Defend abortion. Follow VOTEPROCHOICE.
Climate action. Follow Sunrise Movement.
2022 midterm elections. Follow Working Families Party.
Art by @voteprochoice
I shared a powerful piece by disability justice activist Mia Mingus this week called “You are not entitled to our deaths: COVID, abled-supremacy and interdependence” which (not surprising) was met with so much hostility and judgement by those who insist that personal responsibility is more important that collective care. This only lays bare how deeply entrenched ableism is in culture and systems (and especially in wellness). By framing vaccines as “individual choice” instead of collective action, we’ve missed and important opportunity to act in solidarity with disabled people (especially those who are high risk), elders, children who cannot get vaccinated, the global south, essential workers and those who do not have the option to work from home? For those who are able to be vaccinated, getting vaccinated is not about personal choice. It is not like deciding to get an abortion; stop saying this. Not getting vaccinated is not “my body, my choice,” it is more like drunk driving or exposing someone to secondhand smoke”. Please READ this in its entirety. And as we build a future of wellbeing for everyone, let us listen and learn from the leadership of those who are most marginalized by the culture of “me”. As Taj James reminds us, “follow the ones who know the way”.
Art by @howdyitsjunebug
Check out adrienne maree brown’s latest blog post to help us navigate this moment of endings and beginnings.
Art by @adriennemareebrown
Join us NEXT THURSDAY for our first community gathering of 2022! We’ll be talking about what’s coming up this year and how we can continue to grow together.
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