“I did not tell you that it would be okay, because I have never believed it would be okay. What I told you is what your grandparents tried to tell me: that this is your country, that this is your world, that this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates
“As there is power in fear, there is power in survival. So many of us have experienced this multiple times: when we figured out how to survive when the strategy wasn’t clear. When we were alone and outnumbered. When the world told us that we didn’t deserve to exist. There is beauty and brilliance in our survival. Now we must draw upon those lessons to protect our communities.” – Ejeris Dixon
“These are YOUR times, bought and paid for with thousands of years of incarnations and work by your selves. Claim this time! You are empowered to do so. This is why you are dearly loved.” – KRYON, channeled by Lee Carroll
“Above all, don’t forget that you are loved, beautiful, valuable and needed. That your people care for you — your people, who struggled and resisted and who continue to live through your existence. Resistance is in your blood, your dark skin, your clenched fist, your accent and the folds of your hijabs. Don’t forget who came before us, or who may now come after us. First and foremost, we must take care of ourselves.” – JooJoo Azad
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then you become partners.” – Nelson Mandela
“Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” – Ronald Reagan
“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” – Oprah Winfrey
“You survived by seizing every tiny drop of love you could find anywhere and milking it, relishing it for all it was worth… For all these years you’ve lived under the illusion that, somehow, you made it because you were tough enough to overpower the abuse, the hatred, the hard knocks of life. But really you made it because love is so powerful that tiny little doses of it are enough to overcome the pain of the worst things life can dish out.” – Rachel Reiland
“We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.” – Isabel Allende
“The thought that has been providing me with a surprising amount of grounding: We wanted to be here. We asked for this. We’ve pushed against the very walls of empire, demanded they be pulled up at their foundation, and empire is pushing back. We expected this. We’ve prepared for this, and now it is happening on a larger scale. This is a mark of our success, not our defeat. This is a testament to the force of our organizing, an indicator of our political strength. This is proof that our movements are working. Let’s not, when faced with what we always knew was coming, abandon movement.
“When fighting militarization, expect a militarized response. When confronting racism, expect bigotry. When demanding abolition, expect material consequences for those demands. Expect the systems you fight to fight back with every tool that makes them poisonous.
“Now is not the time to retreat. To reflect? Absolutely. To process our fear and hurt together? Let’s be sure we do that. To reevaluate our tactics and reach out to new communities that can help us deepen them? Yes. But it’s not time to be intimidated. It is a moment to recognize our conviction, look with clarity at our collective potential and keep moving. Thank yourself, your people and your ancestors for all that we’ve already accomplished. Pace yourself. Find grounding wherever it exists for you. Imagine what more we can do.” – Benji Hart
“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” ― Steve Maraboli
“The first step in breaking out of bondage is to protest–to say No! The saying of no! by a person who has habitually acquiesed in oppression releases energy in itself. It requires courage and conviction, a strong belief in Self, and an impulse toward freeing the wild spirit within. This simple, even limited protest or boycott sets up a chain reaction that can be felt by the entire being. When this activity of saying No! is enacted on a group level, people begin to feel the potential power that exists for change.” — Vicki Noble, Motherpeace