The Next 50 Years…Looking back while dreaming about the future
Whatever you do, life don’t stop. It only sits a minute and dreams a dream.” – Grace Paley, Resist Co-founder
On the eve of our semi-centennial, it is only natural to stop, take some time, and look back over the past 50 years. But Resist is also looking forward.
***The struggle for Civil, Women’s, Student, Farmworker, LGBTQ, and Indigenous rights. Anti-Vietnam War, anti-intervention in Latin America, labor, anti-apartheid, anti-corporate globalization, and anti-Iraq War movements. The fight for reproductive, environmental, economic,. and racial justice.***
These movements, and countless others, have propelled our world forward on the path to justice and liberation over the past five decades. While all of the credit in the world goes to the brave organizers, activists, and artists who continually imagine that another world is possible and put everything on the line to build it, we are proud to say that Resist has played a small, yet crucial role in each of those movements.
Change. It is a word that seems to be tossed around by almost everyone. Politicians, corporations, conservatives, liberals, almost everyone who wields power invokes the word as if they own it, trying to make us believe that the fate of our communities rests in their hands.
As Dr. Martin Luther King famously said, “the arc of history bends toward justice.”
But who bends that arc? Where do the seeds need to be planted? How do we actually forge a new path towards justice?
History shows that when those on the ground, who have the least institutional power, come together and fight, they are the ones who change everything and ultimately bend the arc of history towards justice. The groups listed on these pages of the Newsletter are the unsung heroes we have to thank for doing just that.
Our theory of change starts with them – those brave souls who are resisting, organizing, visioning, and creating. Their movements happen in homes, in communities, and in the streets.
This past year, because of supporters like you, their fight was made a little bit easier by the financial assistance they needed, deserved, and for far too long have been denied. They are the ones that have been taking on those in power and have changed the political climate so that racial justice, transgender justice, reproductive justice, economic justice, and environmental justice are now at the center of everything. Investing in those communities has been the best investment you or anyone could have made for the past 50 years and will continue to be the best investment for the next 50 years.
We aren’t going anywhere. As long as there is injustice in the world, Resist will be there to provide support to those radical communities that are building the world that we all dream about.
Jax, Kendra, Ravi, Saif, and Seth