We are learning to love one another for the differences in identity, experience, and history that shape who we are. We are celebrating our potential as spiritual and embodied people to collectively build a world that reflects our values of diversity, equity, and innovation.
As we come to terms with the aftermath of the election, it is essential that we double down on our efforts and do not let our losses immobilize us. Speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Stacey Abrams insisted that we "lose well," meaning that we "stay in the fight." Women of color know what it means to stay in the fight.
From small rural towns to large metropolitan cities, the Main Street Approach has helped to transform communities and neighborhoods, providing services and resources that have lifted struggling districts that have often been neglected or forgotten and brought vibrancy, using economic development strategies through art and placemaking, to support and grow businesses.
Yes, we need leaders who make policy change and affect financial decisions, but the ability to clearly articulate your thoughts, views, critiques, warnings, and recommendations has historically been reserved for those in positional power. But when that positional power is skewed towards hegemony, then we do not have representation.
I’ve never been one to celebrate my Blackness one month, followed by my Womaness the next month, since I’m both Black and female 12 months every year. But this year I celebrated both during the opening of Black Panther, the 2018 American superhero film directed and co-wrote by our Oakland own Ryan Coogler.