In a few hours’ time (from where I write in the cold, cold prairies of Canada), 2017 will end and we will find ourselves facing the start of a new year: 2018. The year ahead is open, and there is no fixed history within it yet. Only possibilities.
For me, “possibility” has always been a favorite word: in my mind, it’s not a word built on joyful optimism — it’s a word grounded in anticipation. One that sees the world’s realities, with all its shortcomings, all its uncertainties, and accepts there is something better: change. This past December, we moved to create change. To stand in solidarity with the lives from across Africa — with refugees and migrants — that are being degraded, tortured, and sold in Libya, today.
It is my hope that as we enter the new year, in the days ahead, we keep our demand — our anticipation — that freedom is reached, and slavery abolished, strong. That we hold to the possibility that at any moment what’s currently taking place in Libya will end; but, we must keep working towards this vision.
So, I’d like to say thank you for all your efforts over this past month.
As I write this, we’ve grown beautifully at 2,630 supporters, and I hope we’ll continue growing in the month ahead. I hope 2018 will bring you all a continued sense of understanding, of strength, and of many possibilities to live for something better in all our lives.
I hope it brings you love. Or, as James Baldwin once wrote in The Fire Next Time, “I use the word ‘love’ here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace — not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”
Happy New Year everyone.
With much love and respect,
If you haven’t already, you can share and sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/end-the-enslavement-of-african-mig…