Do you want to know what the first sentence I wrote was? “I apologize for such a political post…” YIKES! No apologies for being who I am and speaking about what matters to me. Because using our voice matters. Sharing our stories matters. Standing tall, mustering all of the courage we have to unapologetically and unwaveringly demand to be treated with love and respect.
I, like so many, have been heartbroken by the events last week. In short, here is what I saw. I watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford courageously stand up and speak her truth. I saw a room filled with white men, angry, bullying, and refusing to hear the words, acknowledge the hurt, and see the story unfolding. I saw Brett Kavanaugh continue to lie under oath, miss lead in his statements, and his confrontational, angry demeanor. I watched as President Trump mocked her, mocked violence against women in this country, and belittle women’s experiences of sexual assault. I watched Maine Senator Susan Collins stand back, choose not to speak up for the inappropriate behavior in the hearings and the rallies. And then Susan Collins voted for him. I saw ugly displays of power over others, oppression, and I heard a language of hate.
I watch our country as angry and as divided as ever. We can do better. We must do better. How divided we are is our choice. Each and every one of us needs to decide who they want to be. Movements like #metoo and #blacklivesmatter emerge for a reason. We don’t have to agree with one another. But we need to love and respect and take care of each other. We must stand up when basic human rights are not protected.
I’m holding space for myself and for everyone who has a story to tell. Your voice is needed. Your experience is valid. I continue to stand with you. I carry my own stories of sexual assault, harassment, threat of violence, unwanted touching, and a few very scary close calls.
Where and how to share our experiences of sexual assault, harassment, and violation of our right to occupy space without harm is for each of us to decide. We must hold space for each other and create art. We must continue to encourage all voices to speak out again violence. Like so many women, Connie Chung powerfully shared her story in the Washington Post. I echo her words that “we remember the truth forever.” A website has emerged at https://www.brettkavanaugh.com/ that boldly states We Believe Survivors and provides like to National Sexual Violence Resources Centers. I watched my Instagram feed filled with words of support, encouragement, and art.
My call to action is to join me. Commit to holding space for each other. Commit to sharing your stories. Commit to courage. Commit to being a truth teller, a truth seeker. Commit to creating art. Commit to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all that is free of oppression.