On April 22, 1970, a burgeoning grassroots environmental movement coalesced - and exploded - into a national moment of awakening. Hot on the heels of humanity's first escapes from earth's pull for the black heavens above, it was the vision that lingered in the rearview, of a fragile home on the brink of destruction that finally turned a voice into a movement.
And while we've made strides that would have then seemed unimaginable, recent events have made clear that our home's fate is still as desperate as the politics of those who would forsake her for profits. So even as they refuse to acknowledge the dangers implicit in the rising seas, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that they cannot ignore the threat of the rising tides that swell before them. Cause this land was made for you and me ...
Didn't vote for him? You and 256 million other Americans. The quintessential hashtag of the '16 cycle that promises to resonate as powerfully over the next four years as it has in the aftermath of election day. We won't wear out -- and neither will our protest's refrain.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." And so we live in MLK's legacy -- as the pestilence of prejudice finds its footholds, so must we find our voices. For if ever there was a doubt as to the unreason of racism, it is this simple truth: that out of Africa and into the streets, not one among humanity can trace our taproots anywhere else.
And so when the disengenues cry afoul to the chants of BLM that "All lives matter!" as if to invoke some enlightened salve, then we may declaim that if that was indeed their credo, then to defend all lives would begin with where all life began. So long as those among us who trace more modern roots to the source suffer the un-breaths of injustice, those with more distant ties might yet hear the voice of our common ancestor still latent within, screaming, that so long as even one among us remains subject to oppression, so do we all.
The most insidious element of the new political order -- the so-called "alt-right" -- needs no introduction. Just deletion, and we can get on with resetting our discourse to higher grounds.