The ALP is in the middle of our first ever Kickstarter campaign, but we’ve decided to take a break from self-promotion to talk about community.
From the outset, we’ve been big on finding, keeping, and connecting with community. Usually, we’re talking about our community of readers and writers, but we know most people have multiple communities—those you live with, work with, or share other interests with. And for a while now, a lot of those communities have been hurting.
Personally, we have been impacted by the climate crisis rallies that started last fall and the anxiety about the future of our shared world that those demonstrations articulated. More recently, our co-founding editors have been engaged with the Wet’suwet’en solidarity movement (they now live on the unceded, unsurrendered territories of the Lekwungen and WASANEC peoples—AKA, Victoria BC). We have watched all levels of government either fail to uphold human rights and UNDRIP or blatantly disregard those rights. Before that conflict could be solved, the COVID-19 pandemic arose and has infected bodies as well as psyches. Some people are panicking and stressed about the consequences of getting sick, or their loved ones falling ill, and some are uncertain about how they can survive amidst work and school closures.
But hope and resilience are NOT in short supply.
Where do we turn? To our communities. That’s where we find people who can help us through all of this and where we can offer our help and hope. Hope can be as simple as sending a funny meme to a group chat, or as complex as talking through our collective anxieties, but it is present as long as we make ourselves present.
Whether you’re social distancing, self-isolating, or continuing your daily life, you can still show up for your communities, because that is how we keep our communities strong in times of crises.
Thank you for showing up. We need you, and we are here for you too.
~Allie & Jordan