November 9, 2016: Love and Solidarity

Good morning friends, 

I imagine many of you are just starting your day, and feeling a wide range of emotions: from sorrow, to fear, to anger and everything in between. I am likewise feeling an overwhelming sense of fatigue, given the course of events in the last 24 hours. This morning I woke up to a reality I never thought would see the light of day.  
 
I wanted to first communicate my love and compassion in this extremely turbulent time. And to remind you that you are not alone in this moment. I know we are all committed not only to advocacy and the fight that lays ahead, but to the wellness of our communities. If you need to talk or process, please reach out. If you just need a friendly ear or shoulder, we are all here for you. If you need to talk about what’s next – while I admit I don’t have all the answers – I want you to know that I am ready to take this on with you.   We are a strong, resilient, and powerful community – together I know we can make change happen, even when it feels like it’s an impossible feat. 
 
This isn’t a rallying cry – not yet. Before we rally, we heal. So, this is a check in, and a thank you note for all of you who I am lucky enough to stand with everyday. Stay strong, stay inspired, and hold each other, and our communities, close today. 
 
In solidarity,
 
Mason