Signs of Sustainability: Resistance Vision

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By Elan Shapiro

We’re committed to the Common Good We hold ourselves and our officials and institutions accountable to future generations We keep showing up We put People First and Earth First We protect our home places and our threatened community members We’re “connecting the dots,” reaching across our divides, stretching beyond our cultural & economic class comfort zones, and seeing how closely our needs and causes connect We’re dedicated to making America great We’re engaging the political world – at all levels – with a fire for genuine democracy

We’re waking up and rising up Right now We keep our “eyes on the prize” Our love can overcome hate We’re linking people power movements This is our time We belong. We’re “enough”. We value and love ourselves. We’re not afraid to challenge tyranny, oppression, and bigotry Right here We expect people-centered government and we practice bottom-up self-reliance. We’re ending our addiction to fossil fuels, commercialism, and militarism for the sake of living in a healthier, happier planet We’re connecting up to build community wealth and health We’re fueled by fierce and tender love and compassion Right now We encourage and support the voices and leadership of people who’ve been marginalized We’re keeping each other strong

We’re replacing judgment and fear with connection and solidarity We share Earth’s bounty We celebrate and draw strength from our differences & our unity We‘re learning how to subvert stereotypes, dismantle domination, and root out racism We’re creating a world of dignity, sufficiency, and rich opportunities FOR ALL We’re building community unity in so many ways We’re in this for the long haul We’re teaming up for our Collective Liberation We keep showing up We will overcome

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This is the latest installment of the Signs of Sustainability series produced by Sustainable Tompkins. To learn more about the organization, visit its website at SustainableTompkins.org. Elan Shapiro is part of the Building Bridges Coalition, a lecturer at Ithaca College and community educator.

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