Resistance Heals

On the evening of the 9th I had the amazing opportunity to be with about 2,000 people who shared my deep concerns for the violence, hate, and fear sprawling across this nation. I screamed my heart out into the sky for about 4 hours, all peacefully, surrounded by a crowd of strangers I grew to feel were friends.

Last night a few people who were not with the movement brought some baseball bats and spray paint and did an incredible amount of damage across the city. I have seen many anarchists who are disgusted with it. I actually learned quite a bit about Black Bloc already today, which has a very fascinating history. Fascinating History

The main protest did their best to rally their peaceful supporters away from the people who were there to do nothing but destroy, but there were over 4,000 people last night.

The night I went there were some groups of Drumpf supporters who were doing their best to instigate violence among the peaceful protesters. There were both religious zealots (Think Westboro Baptist types) and a group of young white men chanting “Burn the blacks!” That shocked and horrified me, and I tried to start up a chant of Black Lives Matter and they started laughing at me, which is when I started to become scared.

This is why I protest. One of my dearest friend has an awesome black son. I live beneath the queer umbrella as do many of my friends. People are terrified and rightfully so.. But at the same time there’s a lot of damage to be cleaned up.  And that’s where the amazing thing comes in.

The original PEACEFUL protesters who were NOT okay with what happened last night have started a fundraising campaign to at least try to pay back some of the damage. There was also a cleanup effort today and another is scheduled for tomorrow. People who weren’t even there were leaping at the chance to volunteer and show that our intentions are peaceful.

I have pretty strong social anxiety issues, but I felt safe and comforted with them. Empowered. Hearing people say we need to be hit by cars or they want to bring down military grade tear gas to hurt us is frustrating. Being called entitled, or crybabies, or anything else is infuriating with the situation unfolding. There are KKK rallies happening, they’re really excited to have him for president.

My heart is sad, but it’s good to know there are people out there who won’t stand for bigotry, for threats against their neighbors, friends, family. The only good thing I can focus on at the moment is that when you are dealing with an oppressor, there will always be those who resist.

We are fighting for a better world.

When you are apathetic in the face of oppression, you are supporting the oppressor.

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~ by araelysia on November 12, 2016.

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