Resolve to Speak Out

From the Huffington Post:

“Each day we have the ability to transform lives, to speak out against injustice, to be — as first coined by National Security Council member Samantha Power — “upstanders” for positive change. Why do we remain silent?…If we dared to do what was right, imagine what we might accomplish. What if we educated ourselves better about the consequences of bullying, bigotry and failing to act?”

Indeed. To anyone involved in social justice, “speaking out” is an important step. How can we change the world if we don’t first say “hey, this is wrong”? But it’s more than just social justice–anyone invested in a relationship, whether that be a working one, a friendship, or an intimate relationship should be willing to stand up for the people in our lives.

It can be as simple as saying “Hey, that’s not cool. Don’t call her a ___.”

It can be as easy as signing a Change.org petition.

Or it can be as involved as writing a letter to a representative, a company, or an organization. It can be attending a protest.Or writing a blog.

Imagine: we can make our lives a hostile environment for bullying. For bigotry. For hate.

Speak up. Speak up more.

That’s my new year’s resolution.

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About Brittany-Ann
Brittany-Ann is a proud, self-identified feminist with fictional tendencies. She currently writes for LouisvilleKY.com and moderates at My Fault I'm Female. She smokes camels, reads Dumas, and navigates a conservative state as "one of them darn liberals."

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