Welcome to the Blog: Couraging Along
Hey, everyone! Hola a todxs! Whoever you are - whether you read this as someone who has been involved in the system/cycle of domestic violence, who has had traumatic experiences with the criminal justice system, who is affiliated with Project S.A.V.E., who doesn't know what they're doing in life, who is human - you are welcome and accepted here in this blog.
Si necesita y/o quiere, podemos traducir este blog al espanol.
I have chosen to title this blog Couraging Along in reference to the often said line, "Oh, I'm just stumbling along." Sometimes it seems like that's how we get by, by stumbling along, not really knowing whether we're doing the good thing or the bad thing or if there even is good or bad. However, I want to say Couraging Along because I believe as beings exposed to and harmed by violence (whether it be racism, homophobia, transphobia, domestic violence, capitalism and financial discrimination, poverty, the immigration system, self-harm, physical and/or mental illness, police brutality, rape, invisibility, silencing, etc.), we have all experienced and/or been involved with violence and pain in our lives. Yet, if you are reading this, you are still here. I would argue that you are not stumbling along at all, but rather that you are couraging along every moment you continue to believe.
I have three hopes/purposes for Blog: Couraging Along.
1) I hope to provide education and awareness around topics of domestic violence and intimate partner violence and their interrelation with race, gender, sexual identity, immigration status, financial status, ability, religion, and other attributes. I think it is important we heal from violence by understanding violence in the various forms it takes. I also don't think we can heal from one form of violence without understanding how our identities and how society work and interact with each other.
2) I hope to provide resources and ideas for what folks can do to get involved in their communities as activists and/or allies in the anti-violence field. Whether involvement for you is attending a protest, contacting congresspeople, educating friends and/or family, speaking through art or song, or something else, there are so many ways to engage with healing and awareness, education and empowerment.
3) I hope to offer ideas for healing, individual and communal, for all of us who are suffering from and carrying the weight of our violence, others' violence, and yet-to-happen violence. We are not in this alone. Healing is possible. Darkness cannot exist without light just as violence and pain cannot exist on their own. Healing and strength are possible. Together, I hope we can envision what they look like for ourselves and the beings we love.
Thank you all for being a part of this story. Stay tuned for the first official blog by the end of the week (Sunday).
And to end for now, a quote by Cherrie Moraga published in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, 4th edition, "It is not always a matter of the actual bodies in the room, but of a life dedicated to a growing awareness of who and what is missing in that room; and responding to that absence. What ideas never surface because we imagine we already have all the answers?"
Here's to seeing and hearing everyone.