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Speak Out.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the impoverished, and I did not speak out – Because I was not impoverished.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the disabled, and I did not speak out – Because I was not disabled.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out – Because I am not a Muslim.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. (Niemoller)

Allow me to speak for myself, while there are still people to listen. I am a woman. I am white. I am educated. I have food. I have a bed. I have clean water. I have left over money at the end of the month. I have a family. I have friends. I have a job. I have a future.

I do NOT have patience for hatred. I might be amongst the most privileged percentage of people in the world, but I am not better or more deserving than any body. None of us are. Until we treat each other better, and actually pay attention to what history can teach us, things will only get worse. Nobody is fully protected. Legislation and laws do not dictate your kindness until you let them. Do not let them. We all have struggles, and more of these struggles may be thrust upon us, but there is strength in numbers. Do not accept division.

We’re human BEings. Let’s BE the change we want to see in the world. Let’s BE empowered. Let’s BE examples of goodness, and love. Let’s BE determined. Let’s BE the peaceful opposition that cannot be defeated. Let’s BE fierce.  Let’s BE together as a world that can BE better. Let’s BE strong.

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