“your silence will not protect you”
– Audre Lorde
a gorgon emblem
In time of crisis, we summon up our strength.
Then, if we are lucky, we are able to call every resource, every forgotten image that can leap to our quickening, every memory that can make us known to our power. And this luck is more than it seems to be: it depends on the long preparation of the self to be used.
I think now of a boat on which I sailed away from the beginning of a war. It was nighttime, and over the deep fertile sea of night the voices of people talking quietly; some lights of the seacoast, faraway; some stars.”
– Muriel Rukeyser