The Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women will be a peaceful demonstration of solidarity bringing together members of underrepresented communities, women, and their allies in Georgia and nationally. The march will be held in Atlanta on January 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm beginning at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and ending at the Georgia State Capitol.

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We Were Made For These Times

An essay by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

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In keeping with the positive theme for 2017, Georgia’s WIN List offers seven solid suggestions for making a positive difference in 2017. New activists, start here. Older activists, this is as good a time as any to get back to the basics.

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whatsnextFor those of us who’ve been observers and erstwhile participants in the Georgia Progressive Community we still have work to do. For me, I’ll attempt to reclaim a tiny piece of the vast “inter webs” by blogging here, encouraging local organizing and highlighting groups doing meaningful work.

Many members of the original BfD community have found fame, fortune and opportunities outside of the state. We love them, but miss them keenly during boring meetings, dull speeches, reheated and stale events. Others are still in Georgia but functioning in capacities that preclude them from political blogging. Perhaps from time to time we can encourage them to chime in on issues dear to their hearts.

Georgia’s political community continues to be quite small, and sometimes it feels like it gets smaller with each election cycle. By “political community” I exclude all Facebook groups. If this election cycle proved anything it was Facebook is by far the worst tool in organizing and community engagement since MoveOn.  The shocking amounts of ignorance and stupidity seemed to be on a endless loop. Most days it was like drinking from the Flint municipal water hose.

Instead of engaging with all the crazy there, I’m going to drop an assortment of musings and information here. I’m also actively looking for folks who have a point of view, a snarky soul, a few minutes to share their part of the action and join us. Let me know if you might be interested. Email me at juliana.illari {at}gmail.com

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VivianJohnsonLewisScottPoythressIn searching for something, anything, to write to help make some sense of this national nightmare, I found the words of our own John Lewis to be particularly uplifting.

I know many of you are feeling hurt, angry, frustrated and so much more at the result of the election. Just know that’s okay and that you’re not alone.

It’s clear that the divisions in our country were deeper than any of us thought.

But we must not give up. It’s not time to run for the hills. Today is the day that we pick ourselves up off the floor and get back to work.

It’s up to us now, not as Democrats or Republicans — but as Americans — to begin the process of healing.

We cannot be complacent, but we cannot be vengeful. We must speak truth to power and fiercely defend those who are the most vulnerable.

No one can take away our right to hurt or our right to heal. We all love this country and we must all be responsible as we work to forge a better future.

It’s not going to be easy. We will have good and bad days moving forward, but we will always have tomorrow. The sun will always shine brightly on the United States of America.

Thank you all and God bless America,

John Lewis

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