Collectively publishing a hand-drawn organizer in these dark days is a leap of faith — but it is not an act of foolishness. We have to step back to appreciate that what may seem like a moment of imminent doom may open a window for revolutionary change that we can’t see coming yet until it arrives.
Such moments call for courage, luck and inspiration. The decaying corporate/capitalist institutions rule through division, isolation, fear, violence and hierarchy. But humans don’t want to be divided from each other, from our emotions, or from the earth — we powerfully want to unite, to live in freedom and to survive.
This organizer is one of many scattered islands of counter-culture that exist not to resist, but to re-create. Settling for resistance means we are weak — it lets out oppressors pick the issues and timing so we can walk into their traps and fight on their terms. When we hatch new values focused on cooperation, kindness and love and establish do-it-yourself projects that bring us pleasure, joy, excitement and wonder, then the system has to resist us and our ideas, not the other way around.
It’s time to stop wasting time serving a system that is finished and instead do our own thing. We’re growing our power; staying with the trouble and taking care of our community in our own ways and on our own terms. It’s time to get off our knees and let go of our fear of collapse, chaos and the unknown. We hope you and your friends can use the organizer to help fight a battle for tenderness and solidarity against hate and fear. Together we are fierce.
This is the 25th time we’ve published the Slingshot organizer. Its sale raises funds to print the quarterly, radical, independent Slingshot Newspaper. We distribute the newspaper for free everywhere in the US, often at the places listed in the Radical Contact List. Let us know if you can be a local newspaper distributor in your area. Also please send us content for the paper. Thanks to the volunteers who created this year’s organizer: Abby, Amanda, Amy, Bernard, Carah, Carolita, Cleo, Dov, Eggplant, Elke, Fern, Fil, Francesca, Georgia, Hannah, Jenna, Jesse, Joey, Jonathon, Julia, Jutta, Karen, Katie, Kermit, Korvin, Lew, Melanie, Nina, Rachel, Sara, Taylor, Terilyn, Wyrm & those we forgot.
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