Firstly, I hope everyone is safe and healthy. For my first full post to TSB (after years of lurking and commenting), I don’t have much editorializing to do, but I wanted to share something that spoke to me and got me fired up yesterday.
This panel discussion was so powerful and pertinent. Hearing these activists and public officials have some real talk about effective ways forward helped me do something with the emotion and grief of the past week. Please give it a listen if you have time.
Long story short: Greater Boston has so many amazing WOC representing and fighting for its people.
- The amazing US Rep. Ayanna Pressley
- The determined reformer DA Rachael Rollins
- The straight-talking State Rep. Chyna Tyler
And, not to be forgotten, true
ally co-conspirator US Sen. Elizabeth “Let’s Get This Done” Warren. Sen. Warren gets it. She’s the real deal and all in for the people. She listens to what needs to be done and she knows how to get things done.
Powerful words from Representative Ayanna Pressley:
We are all gutted. We are exhausted. We are broken. And even in the midst of all of that, I still feel hope. I feel emboldened. I feel resolved.Please don’t ever apologize for taking up space with your pain. Because the reason we are still here is because we have not created enough space for it in the first place. We are always being talked out of our hurt, and that is why we cannot get to meaningful healing. Systemic injustice requires systemic solutions. We are managing a pandemic within a pandemic. Police brutality is a scourge: it is a pandemic. The pre-existing condition before COVID—and it still persists—is racism. So we are managing the pandemic, and the public health crisis in COVID-19, and the disproportionate hurt and harm and loss that we are experiencing because of that, which we were already experiencing before COVID. So we are going to be bold in our action. We’ll continue to be righteous and unapologetic about our rage. But I want us to be just as committed to being radical in our healing. Because we deserve that, too. And that healing is about being in community. It is about pouring into each other, and speaking life into each other. And I just don’t want us to lose sight of that.
And because we must not let anyone’s name be forgotten in the midst of so much pain, especially during Pride month, please don’t let the conversation leave out Tony McDade.