I spent the afternoon immersed in various forms of my own personal therapy. I'm back and I'm ready to tear some shit up.

And I'm just gonna say it: I'm not backing another politician, ever again, who isn't willing to set shit on fire and burn down white supremacist patriarchy.
I'm going to center on people with a history of fighting for justice, people invested in equity, people who know what it means to fight, people who are relentless. I don't give a fuck where they come from or whether they're "experienced."

I'm looking at a coalition of warriors.
And WE make the army--leaders, generals and priestesses alike--as long as we are willing to listen and build and fight.

Make no mistake about it: I don't care if it all ends in ashes as long as what comes next allows nothing like what happened today to ever happen again.

Make no mistake: this will require better organization than we've ever had before and a willingness for leaders to rise.

Each of us is going to have to take responsibility for mobilizing in our communities and for coalition-bldg that demands our best (looking at you white womn).
Failure to confront our own biases will not only result in failure but it will end democracy.

For the white women: we're at a turning point--time to choose. Either throw your lot in with whiteness, or get ready to be uncomfortable and release privilege for the betterment of all.
This means you don't excuse white men for ANYTHING in their usual bullshit, and you hold yourself accountable to not being comfortable to the detriment of anyone else.

You choose to align yourselves with white men ONLY when they are demonstrable allies.
You say all the things you know you should have always been saying, and you SHOW UP for women of color and people of color and marginalized voices and you recognize your safety and your privilege and you LEVERAGE IT, ALWAYS, FOREVER MORE.
The time for waffling is over. The time for comfort is over. Lives are on the line.

You are either with Susan Collins, or you are with Alicia Garza. You are either an ally or you are part of the problem.

No more nicety.

And if that scares you, turn to your rage.
Don't walk away from the fantasies we've all had about those men on the Hill in the last 24 hours. Don't abandon your hatred.

Ancestors are speaking through us.

Our obligation, now and ever more, is to LISTEN.


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I'm going to tell a story right now that I've never told out loud.

When I was 20, I arranged to be out of the country when the 1st lawsuit against my molester was filed.

There was press--in the local paper, in the Philly Inquirer about a family therapist who molested his teenage patient. It hit big by current standards.

That night, I spoke to my mother-- the last conversation we had for 20 years-- in which she told me she didn't believe me.

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There is some shit worth acknowledging right now.

I fucked up a lot on race consciousness this year. @theladyalx came for me as a result. @nicoleclee entered my life soon after.

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And then I fucked up again. That led me to these really awesome conversations with @StaciJShelton and others behind the scenes that are so challenging and rich and so loving, and that have taught me to not be afraid to ask if I have fucked up, shamelessly.
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Lavender. Sage. Palo Santo.
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Pretty much every text on my phone right now.
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