Because violence presents in many forms, so too does liberation manifest in many forms: spiritual, physical, communal, and structural. The ideological systems that shape the institutions of the world can also take root within us. Our ambitions to change the world at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and ideological levels can always begin within us.*
Justice and healing are vital for our internal worlds and the external world; changing one will change the other. In those moments when the protests and marches and petitions have made us weary, we can individually and communally return to the satisfaction of nurturing our spiritual fortitude and well-being.
We sometimes have the power to change culture and laws; we always have the power to cultivate indomitable spirits. If what we have to give the movement today is the stubborn optimism born of self-love, then that is enough.
We invite our ancestors, our survival strategies, and our nonviolent practice to support the creativity it takes to weave together the spiritual and political activism that nourishes us and brings us closer to liberation in all its forms.
When has your activism changed you at a soul-level?
When is the force of your spirit most welcome in the work?
How can we balance the need for internal liberation with the need for changes in culture and law?
In the framework of your personal ethics for activism, when are “nasty” (meaning aggressive or intensely agitating) tactics acceptable? When are they necessary? What constitutes “nasty” and who gets to define it?