Stepping into the Collective Era

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So, in my last post, I wrote about the unsustainable production of black excellence in US America. The difficulty in having to be so perfect in order to protect your livelihood and well being. Today, however, as US America has just voted to impeach Trump, the embodiment of white supremacy, I wanted to discuss why we must never forget the importance of the vital collective work it took for us to remove, by election, and vote on impeaching a violently divisive President.

It was the vital collective passion rallied by the Black Lives Matter movement that allowed us to achieve today’s impeachment vote and the historic civil rights movement that propelled the embodiment and (r)evolution of this movement’s existence today. It was the voter registration drives and campaigns from leaders like Stacey Abrams. And yes, I am aware, that it was much more than black excellence, but I still have to share that it was the radical root of black excellence that sparked this liberation from supremacy, today. And, together as citizens, it will take our collective willingness to eradicate white supremacy from our daily lives and the lives of everyone else whether that be through radical pedagogical changes or updates to political processes or maybe something else and something else and something else.

It gives me hope though to hear and see the ways we are stepping into a collective era as this post suggests. That we are taking strides towards openness, vulnerability, and the difficulty it requires for us to listen to the stories of others, especially those who experience systemic oppression on a more regular and visceral basis. As we center these perspectives and take the chance to learn ways to broaden our awareness and sharpen our discernment in the practices we take as a collective species, I again want to hone in on the idea of a collective. The idea that we can become more resilient and sustainable together. That we can share resources, and that we can protect each other and those resources better together than we could apart.

So today, in the spirit of collectivity, I am placing an offering on my website for those embarking on the development of a community-based website. This offering is sharing the burden of the annual costs involved such as hosting and the premium plugins needed to build one of these WordPress-based sites. I do this because I want to create a connection between communities interested in sharing resources and quite possibly one day breaking down the silos that exist between them. It’s changes like this that I am most excited about as we stretch into our developing capacity towards interdependence, mutual health, and well being, and as we focus on strengthening our intimate connection to each other and the world around us.

It’s these kinds of thoughts I have as I consider the ways in which we are collectively healing the systemic oppression we face today. Of course, I couldn’t equate me sharing this mere resource to others as healing systemic oppression, but I do believe this kind of creativity might lead to it. I wonder what projects, campaigns, and actions we are taking to share the collective wisdom and resources we have in a way that is pleasurable, reinforcing, and resilient. Our roles in the work towards collective reparations will be diverse as we each actively re-member the world in a sustainable, equitable, and interdependent manner and perhaps starting with the internet is a great way to do this. A place where we connect to each other socially, commercially, and economically. And, perhaps nature can teach us a few things about being connected to each other. Perhaps we can create a nature-inspired online ecosystem that respects the parts and pieces that make up the ecosystem in the first place.

And, lastly, I feel it’s important to remember today that those parts and pieces are us. That we must continue to build on the ideas of transformative justice and its call to make our system resilient in the face of great pain. A pain that we have been forced to face more openly over the last several years.