I want to use this opportunity to give thanks, so I hate to preface it with anything. I will, however, in order to recognize that while today is a day celebrated by many across America as Thanksgiving, a day to give thanks, and to remember what we are thankful for, for many others, it’s a day that celebrates the colonization and genocide of Native Americans. Some have renamed it Thanks-taking, as in, thanks for taking what wasn’t yours.
Keeping these dichotomies of giving and taking in mind, I want to say thank you to everyone in the fight against oppression. Thank you for working to make change.
Thank you to you all for reading my blog over this past year and a few months.
Thank you to all who work actively to combat sexism.
Thank you to all who work toward gender equality.
Thank you to all who, in daily interactions, counter all forms of oppression.
Thank you to all who work for justice and equality of all people in our society.
Thank you to all who speak out against sexual violence, including street harassment, rape, and childhood sexual abuse.
Thank you to all who speak out against intimate partner violence and domestic violence.
Thank you to all who speak out against and work to eradicate all gender based violence.
Thank you to all who stand for human rights.
Thank you to all who stand for equal rights among all people.
Thank you to all who stand for equal rights for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer.
Thank you to all who stand for women’s right to make their own decisions for their bodies and lives.
Thank you to all who fight against patriarchy.
Thank you to all who stand for the right for all of us to have healthcare.
Thank you for remembering this nation was built on the deaths of many and from the enslavement of many. Remembering, we are less likely to repeat our history.
There are so many reasons to give thanks. What are yours?