We hope everyone is finding safety and calm in the midst of the uncertainty of this era. It is a transformed world, and in order to prepare, we must heal the parts of ourselves where love resides, that are also sites of pain. This begins with acknowledging what we ourselves are going through, in the context of understanding our own capacities to give and receive during global trauma. We want you to be as generous with yourselves as you are being with each other, especially in times of duress.
The conditions of this pandemic force "non-essential" workers into physical isolation. It also forces some of our most vulnerable community members to work in potentially life-threatening conditions for their livelihoods. We all miss our communities. Physical distancing practices ask us to observe safe connectedness and we will find healing and community in these evolving spaces. We will continue to hold our rituals and honor our communities by adapting to these rapidly changing times.
COVID-19 will have the greatest impact on the communities we support and work with to organize. During the AIDS epidemic, our Queer Communities faced a toxic combination of homophobic propaganda similarly to what our Asian community members are facing today because of the xenophobic messaging being spread by toxic government figures. The economic and social impact this is having on us is unprecedented, and is killing our most marginalized people first. As an intersectional feminist organization, it is ALP's mission to understand the connectedness between movements, communities, and time periods to adapt to a new context. We are actively doing this work.
There are new challenges to mobilization in this time period, but we are part of a legacy of using resourceful creativity to create change. We have what it takes to catalyze our grief into resistance. This is the time to make our needs known to the powers that be. This is also the time to connect and reach out to each other, while holding space for yourselves. Right now, we are all grieving the months that were ahead, the plans that we all made to be together, and the people we have lost. Self-compassion will become a powerful community practice as we move through the coming months, and it will prepare us to hold each other fully as we persist through this unprecedented challenge together. We must believe in each other more than ever in this difficult time.