One year ago we, like you I am sure, were still reeling from the image of donald trump in the presidency. And one year in one thing we know is that the reality of him in the Oval Office is far worse than any of us could have ever imagined.
But still, in the face of the most horrendous leaders to ever sit in the presidency of this or any other country, I am so thankful that all of us has countered his every step. As he is incapable of empathy, we (and I mean the RESISTANCE movement overall) have come alongside those facing oppression and opened our doors in sanctuary and literally accompanying people as they arrived to this country in airplanes. As he has normalized racism and hatred we have called him out as the white supremacist that he is. As he has sought to steal healthcare away from those who need it, we have solidly blocked his every attempt. As he has disgustingly bragged about sexually assaulted women, we participated in one of the largest marches in history led by women and we have started calling out those who commit the same offenses as trump. And as he has lied close to 20 times a day on average, we have spoken truth.
Yes, we will continue to fight because the nightmare of trump is not over (though hopefully it will be soon). But today, this weekend, I am thankful to be alive and participating in the greatest movements for justice, equality, and liberation in history. I am thankful for you.
Here are some things that a few of us at Fig Tree Revolution are also thankful for.
Leah: I am thankful that the election of Trump has unmasked the hatred and ignorance that was hiding so it can be addressed head on. I am grateful that the election of Trump has pushed me off the sidelines and into the game. I am grateful that it has pushed me to confront and overthrow my institutional faith and seek a real relationship with Christ. I am grateful that it has pushed me to question the symbiotic relationship between American Christianity and Nationalism. I am most grateful for new friends for the journey.
Kenya: I am not excited to be propagating the the thanksgiving myth. For many of our indigenous siblings this day is full of pain. I call the names of tribes who lived and walked the land of the current occupied territory United States of America.
In the last year I have been taught a lot about some indigenous people and rituals of thanks and appreciation. I am inviting all of us to find ways to hold the trouble and the joy. I will be sharing what has made appreciative and grateful in this year among resistance work.
I appreciate the hard conversations activist, organizers and communities have. This year I attended A Rise in Power. This convening was attended by people from all over the country. It was a time of learning, community building and planning liturgical resistance. I am grateful for liturgical resistance. Second Acts led us through the process of imagination and cultivation. We had conversations in affinity groups and as a collective. We asked hard questions. We struggled in the silence. We worked to listen and bear wounds together. The convening was filled with hospitality and a true sense of family. It is important to note I am referring to family of choice.
Zach: I am thankful, this year, for finally arriving at the knowledge that I can step back for a season and not feel ashamed for not doing "all the things" social justice. I have been pushing hard for over 15 years, and often felt as if I didn't have any choice -- even at the expense of my mental health, family, or other dear priorities. I finally feel like I have permission to be human, including caring for myself and doing things for myself, which is not a feeling that I have felt comfortable with since before I started questioning/subverting my privilege and doing the work of social justice.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone from Fig Tree Revolution!