From the Book: “I will speak up”

I selected the phrases for my coloring book to say what I thought might be most important to others within the activist community.  But because the coloring book simply has the coloring pages without commentary, I thought I might use this venue to elaborate a bit on why I chose to include what I did.

“I will speak up.”

I’ve found that it’s often easier to quietly do a good deed than to loudly speak up against the forces we stand against.  Speaking up makes us conspicuous.  It makes us vulnerable.

But it is so very important.

It’s important to speak up when we see wrongs being committed.  Time after time too many of us sit as silent witnesses to injustice and hate, and in our silence we become complicit in those acts.  Our silence is heard by the perpetrators as agreement and support.  And it is heard by the victims as indifference.

It’s important to speak up in defense of those who can benefit from our power, or confidence, or privilege in a situation.  Not everyone in this world has a voice.  Those of us who do have a voice should lend them ours.

It’s important to speak up and make our voices heard, to remind those who would oppress us that we are here and we will not quietly support our own oppression.  It’s important that we participate in democracy, that we represent the causes we believe in.  Our voices are significant, especially in unison.

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