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September 17, 2020 21 min

In 2020, we’re all asking how we get through this. I think all of us are searching for some hope, trying to find ways of looking at the world that could help us chart a path to a better future even when times are this bad. Ayanna Pressley is someone who shows you that path forward even when things seem bleak. She helps us imagine how much better life could be if we collectively have the will and determination to make the right changes. And in a sense, she inspires you with the fact that there is so much to do exactly because so much is going so wrong. To talk to her is to realize three things. Firstly, a recognition of the massive historical injustices that people of color face and that continue to play a huge role in our society. Secondly, the fact that these injustices didn’t happen by accident. They were choices, they were decisions, they were laws that were put in place on purpose to establish an unjust system. And third, the empowerment that can coexist with a recognition of these deep harms and the realization that it is finally within our grasp to set some of them right. So, listen to what Representative Pressley has to say and then plug in and do something about it. Make a plan to vote. Text bank. Send some postcards. We have a bigoted climate arsonist to eject from office and swing states with working phone lines. We have a senate to take back, a house to hold, and even after all that work is done, a country to convince that we need real changes now.

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