Last night, I attended a panel put on by Amplifier at their LA Pop-Up Studio in Silver Lake. The title of the event was The New Feminist Agenda: Where the Women’s March Goes From Here, and it included a group of five artists and activists. I attended this in hopes of finding some answers to the questions I've been asking:
The speakers also mentioned the importance of finding our tribes. We need to utilize the people around us and start the work from there, building out. I was instantly reminded of the Leslie Knope quote: "Not to say that public service isn’t sexy because it definitely is, but that’s not why we do it. We do it because we get the chance to work hard at work worth doing, alongside a team of people you love. So I thank those people who’ve walked with me, and I thank you for this honor. Now, go find your team and get to work." It's one of my favorite quotes of all time. A close contender, however, might be from one of the panelists - Paola Mendoza - last night, who said: "Organizing out of anger is exhausting. But if you organize out of love, it's energizing. Love keeps you fighting. What got me out of bed on November 9th was love for the undocumented community. My love for democracy."
Those words are definitely what I needed to hear, and why I left feeling better than when I arrived. Those words reminded me that so many of us are fighting with love right beside us. It's love that keeps us going, not anger. Anger is what is coming out of the White House currently. Well that, and fear. It's a lot of old white men in there that want to control others, to fit us in this mold they made for us. And when we don't, they don't know how to handle it so insane things just continue to happen. Those crazy things might make us angry, which is good. That is the fire within us, but what fuels the fire? That's love. We need to keep the love burning and light each other up with inspiration.
Oh, also, something important I took away from this panel. Don't be afraid to be uncomfortable. We all have to be more uncomfortable to incite change.