POEM: Unfare

Weighter
be tolled
Whoever’s pain the bill
I’d like a reseat
At the table

This poem addresses the truism that is not fair.  I have spent most of my and part of most days working to address social injustices.  Recently, with the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement, I have redoubled my efforts to examine my own privileges and disenfranchisements.  In sum, I am a very privileged individual.  I am fascinated by how our own sets of privileges and disenfranchisements out in , particularly social movements.  Perhaps the most prevalent divide, even within most households, is male and is nearly omnipresent.  As in any privileged group, men must exert effort to not by default weaponize against those , in this case, about half of the world’s population!  I have seen how people of color and trans folks have worked hard to claim their rightful roles and places within the movement.  In addition, socioeconomic class issues cut across virtually all .  As a U.S. citizen working predominantly alongside other U.S. , the of First-Worldism profoundly impacts our relevance and importance as planetary , where the poorest majority of bears the brunt of the rest of the world’s over- of resources, abuses of , and assorted and sundry cultural dominations.

Activism Is My Rent For Living On This Planet -- Alice Walker quote POLITICAL BUTTONAs for me, is a primary guiding principle for my social activism.  Literally standing with people who are in one way or another strikes me as one of the most direct ways to step toward social .  This is related to “putting ,” which serves as my primary measure for authentic commitment to other human beings and the we share.  As Alice Walker so elegantly stated, “Activism is my rent for living on this planet.”  This planet, so teeming with , deserves our , appreciation, and honest efforts to make it the best home possible for millions of miles around.  As I like to say: isn’t fair, it’s excellent!

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