The Only Way to a Better World is Together

The Fight for Justice is a Fight for Autonomy

Sam Chavez
Sam Chavez

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๐Ÿค“ Bite-Sized Knurd: We are in the middle of crisis overwhelm that causes us to miss the forest for the trees. Itโ€™s time we take a stand and build a broad coalition to push back against hate and fear.

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Last weekโ€™s SCOTUS news got me thinkingโ€ฆ

The overwhelm in our country is profound right now.

People are either paying attention to the news and dealing with information overload or theyโ€™re trying to continue their lives and pretend things are alright. Things are not alright.

We arenโ€™t dealing with information overload, but crisis overload.

We have survived 4 years of the Trump administration flagrantly dismantling our institutions so they work for the wealthy and corporations. We endured 2+ years of a global deadly pandemic. Now a right-wing minority is attempting to roll back the basic rights weโ€™ve had for over 50 years.

But the kicker is that we havenโ€™t had time to heal from the past crisis and weโ€™re on to the next. In order to sustain a movement to build a true multi-racial democracy, we must take care of ourselves and others.

So my advice for this week is:

  1. Take care of yourself and heal
  2. When youโ€™re ready, join us in this fight

The Fight for Justice is a Fight for Autonomy

This fight is simple. It's a fight for all of us to make our own decisions about our lives and our bodies. Yes, the dismantling of Roe v. Wade is a fight for women and birthing people, but overall weโ€™re in a fight for everyone's autonomy no matter their gender, race, or sexual orientation.

And abortion access is tied to economic freedoms. Did you know that women could not get a credit card without a manโ€™s signature until 1974?

The dismantling of Roe, the attacks on Trans lives, and the refusal to see the systemic racism in our systems that cause Black Americans to have less wealth than white Americans is all tied to economic freedom and equity.

The GOP has worked tirelessly over the last 50 years to get to this day. A day where women and other marginalized groups have restricted rights and the economy works for the 1%. All of it is about power for the few.

The thing is, there is a majority in this country that does not want that. Most of us want to be able to live our lives happily. But the majority is being drowned out by the constant crisis overload. We are so overwhelmed by our lives and the hurdles we have to face that we donโ€™t see that this fight is a fight for all of us.

The only way to a better world is together.

Help us stand with a coalition of people and organizations as we sustain protests and call on elected (& non-elected) leaders to protect our rights from those that aim to diminish the immense diversity that our country has to offer.

If we can sustain a broad coalition that sees the forest for the trees, we can build a movement that pushes back against hate, oppression, and fear.

Wonโ€™t you join us?

The Good Knurd:

Now's your chance to join in on the action! Thoughtful ways to influence change within yourself and your local community.

  • We March! โœŠ๐ŸผโœŠ๐ŸพโœŠ๐ŸฝโœŠ๐ŸฟโœŠ๐Ÿป : This Saturday, there will be marches across the country to protect Roe and abortion rights. Find your local march here.

Weโ€™d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment to share your perspective.

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Sam Chavez

Sam is a writer, strategist, and curious human. She founded the roots of change agency in 2020. Sam is a queer, white, LatinX activist whoโ€™s passionate about a livable planet & equitable societies.


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