It's with love and a sense of hope that we must regard our movements in one of the most challenging ordeals in human history. We might feel like we have no energy left after watching toxic news cycles, designed to weaken our resolve by reminding us of what we already know. We might feel inhibited by our inability to gather on the streets in resistance. We might feel daunted by the fact that there is no clear path or way forward ahead of us, according to the media that we are being fed and are acclimated to. We might not know what to do with the burden of grief, combined with the understanding that we must transform the same world that is harming us every day. The energy that is required for this project is infinite, and unknowable, until the process is complete. And we must trust each other more than ever in this moment to be on the same page about creating a better world, while that very world is keeping us from physically gathering, harming us, and taking our lives.
Hope resides in the understanding that our movements can, and have, created massive shifts in the political landscapes we live in currently. Hope resides in the fact that we are a resourceful community that will gather and resist, regardless of the white supremacist infrastructures that we have already survived. Hope resides in the fact that we know how to resource ourselves by creating our own pathways and strategies for carving out futures that shed toxicity by creating shelter and safer space, by us and for us. Today's newest challenge is not to create physical space, but to continue to gather and resource each other in emerging spaces that will escalate in their capacity to transform or destroy the systems of oppression that target our most vulnerable.
It is our mandate to live, be willing to ask for help, and heal each other in these challenging times. Joy, creative abundance, and resourcefulness that is informed by collective ancestral wisdom, community care, and tactical organizing are all going to play a role in our success. These strategies all become impossible without giving ourselves space and time to grieve and find connection in each other's journeys. Typically, Pride month is the time when this happens in physical space for our communities. It's simply not going to be able to happen safely this year.
At ALP, we are grieving many things - the lives lost due to our country's crooked policing and healthcare systems, the ability to be physically together and hold each other in this grief. This is our first year since its inception that Trans Day of Action cannot safely take to the streets. This does not mean that we're giving up on gathering. It means that our communities will rise to challenge and do it anyway, with or without the approval or collaboration with the state that oppresses us and devaluates our non-white Queer bodies every day.
It is with tremendous anger, and fierce hope, that I encourage all of you to participate with us within your capacity this Pride season. Resilience is exhausting work that takes a tremendous amount of courage. We honor you all for the work you have already put in and want you to know that we love you, regardless of how you are able to show up in this moment. Your survival is already a success.