Power to the People: A Midweek Meditation on Resistance, Perseverance and Hope

Midweek Meditations is a weekly column written by Julia-Elise Childs where she rounds up her favorite happenings in fashion, art, culture, and beyond. We figure that despite living fast, we should probably catch our breath every now and again.

On Sunday, I heaved a sigh of relief. The Dakota Access Pipeline will be rerouted. To where, we do not know, as there is a current analysis on alternate routes. But, it will not be through Standing Rock and it *hopefully* will not disrupt sacred land.

This is all to say that resistance works. Perseverance works. Hope works. After seeing the success of allies standing in solidarity against injustice, where do we go next? We certainly have our work cut out for us (apologies for stressing this every week, but the fight for equal human rights in this country is far from over and I refuse to let any of our readers forget that).

Enter the Injustice Boycott. The organized resistance initiative created by journalist Shaun King launched on Tuesday, December 5th in honor of the 61st anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The boycott is structured like this: Three cities are announced – Standing Rock, San Francisco, and New York City. Those cities government officials are then given 43 days to meet the “reasonable demands of local activists.” As King eloquently put, “The government officials in those cities know full well who the local activists are. The government officials in those cities know full well what the reasonable demands of those local activists are.”

So, what if nothing changes after 43 days? A tourism boycott and a divestment plan will be put into place, and protests that are designed to be disruptive to commerce and government work will begin.

As the Standing Rock victory showed us, big things happen when we refuse to back down. Taking a cue from the veterans who supported #NODAPL and recently announced that they’re tackling Flint, Michigan next, I am bottling this motivation and using it to propel myself forward. Media moments matter, especially in our technology-saturated culture. The Injustice Boycott is a vehicle for change. Don’t get left behind.

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