This message is for all of us (from SURJ), and maybe especially for all of my friends and former community members in Virginia. Please internalize the message below. Please find ways to work in solidarity with people, all people, to further this work. Please stay in this, even when things are discouraging or you’re feeling a lack of hope.
As Azza Altiraifi said in her keynote during the recent Service Never Sleeps Allyship Summit, “We cannot afford to be cynical.” She went on to say that the significant investment by those in power to convince us that things are hopeless and nothing will change is proof that hope is powerful.
You are not alone. Keep taking steps forward and find some friends to bring along. More soon.
Listen. Amplify. Follow.