Small Seeds

From Program Partner Katherine MacHolmes

July 2020 – We are living in such vastly uncertain times. Every day, questions swirl around things that this time last year, we could take for granted as “given” pillars of life. The surety of school, careers, finances, civil discourse, and other hallmarks of life feel as though they have given way to something more unsteady. A new landscape is emerging and one that highlights the importance of systemic change.

Systemic oppression has become so much more obvious, and with that, the small seeds of justice can be planted. It is important to stress that systemic oppression (and not interpersonal oppression) is the true barrier in front of a thriving society, yet in acknowledging that, we can also see how systemic change emerges and ripples out from each practiced instance of justice.

I hear a lot of fear around how this robust momentum for reform and change will eventually fade out and we will go back to before. Where the beauty and opportunity lies is that we will never go back to before, this paradigm has already shifted, and although the long haul of the work remains, we have to take heart in the fact that we have planted, continued to create and nurture the small seeds and watch them bloom.

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