October 2018 Newsletter
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to read an exchange on Facebook between Dove Kent, the director of Jews for Racial Justice, and her friend, the writer Dania Rajendra.
Dania had written, “it’s not you, it’s fascism” as a response to why things are feeling so awful for her friends and loved ones in movement work this week. Dove responded by typing, “#SolidarityIsOurSuperpower.”
I know that together, we can fight and help and build and nourish our communities towards the work and possibility of liberation. I also know that for folks under direct attack, that might not quite feel possible.
White supremacy always carries a backstop of violence – of the necessity to control bodies and land. And when it comes to controlling bodies, systems of oppression have always relied on the ability to police gender into a rigid system of false binaries and forcibly proscribed identities. We know that there is nothing accidental about the timing and intent of this presidential administration’s attack on trans people and on people whose gender or biology doesn’t fall within the narrowest part of the gender spectrum. The anti-trans memo that the administration released earlier this week was meant to terrorize communities and to embolden bullies, and we cannot and cannot and cannot let that stand.
That’s why it lifted my heart so deeply to read Dove’s words – that solidarity is our superpower. What matters in moments like these isn’t whether we have the right analysis or the right argument. What matters is how we show up for our people, how we show up in community, and how we show up each other and for ourselves.
When I think about what that might mean for my actions in the world, I am reminded of what the wonderful Susan Raffo often says about healing justice. Healing justice means that first, we must work to stop violence occurring in real time. Second, we resource collective practices of care and support and relationship so that we may come more clearly into right relationship with land and people and culture and self. Third, we work to create conditions of deep healing and transformation, which cannot fully be predicted and which doesn’t always follow the direction of linear time.
For me, the conditions of transformation happen in the work of imagining towards a horizon of shared liberation, and in working with all of you to build a world in which we do not yet quite live. I don’t know what deep healing might mean to each of you, but I do know that it belongs to you, and to all of us. Because we need each other. Because we love each other. Because again and again and again we know – solidarity is our super power.
With gratitude to Dania, Susan, and Dove, and with fierce and forever love to my amazing trans and gender non-binary siblings. May we continue to fight and dream and create and love together. May our sprits know power and freedom and healing . May we continue to write our own truths, even if only to ourselves. May you be safe, may you be held, and may the fabulousness of your being bring you joy.
Liz Loeb and The Kaleo Team
Support Trans Community this Sunday at #WeWontBeErasedMN.
Join community members, friends, and neighbors this Sunday, 10/28, from 12p.m. – 1p.m. in Minneapolis at the corner of Lake Street and Chicago Avenue for a peaceful gathering of visibility, celebration, and solidarity in support of people who are trans, transgender, gender non-binary, and gender non-conforming. Folks are encouraged to bring signs and anything that they might need to be comfortable outdoors.
Vote November 6!
Voting day is coming up in Minnesota, and there are dozens of ways that you can take concrete action for justice by supporting candidates who believe in our communities and in a Minnesota where “we all do better when we all do better.” We know that not everyone has the legal right to vote, and we are fighting for a day when everyone who lives here can be represented at the ballot box.
In the meantime, if you are able to vote, please do so, whether it feels meaningful or whether it feels like basic harm reduction, from sheriff to county attorney to county commissioner to the state attorney general to the governor, the outcome of these elections will shape our state for years to come.
For a helpful voter guide and and explanation of all the easy ways that you can vote early, absentee, or on voting day, take a look at OutFront Minnesota and TakeAction Minnesota’s election webpages. You can also find out more about the race for Hennepin County sheriff here!
Mahle Lectures: Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow
Join us for a series of Mahle Lectures as part of celebrating there 25th anniversary of the Re-Imagining Conference, which helped to bring radical and intersectional feminist thought and practice into progressive Christian movements. Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow, co-authors of Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology(Fortress 2017) will present over the course of three days in November at Hamline University in St. Paul. Lectures are free and open to the public.