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07.04.17

Today my fb feed is at turns resentful and celebratory. I thought of the Lakota activist who spoke in the pub two Sundays ago, about the struggle for water rights at Standing Rock and its positive consequences for Native organising. "We were not conquered," she said, "We survived." The activist had been invited by a local anti-fracking group, which had successfully pushed an anti-fracking bill through the Dáil. The event was a moment of solidarity created in the shadowy confines of a pub in the West of Ireland, and it reminded me of the long view of history: terrible violence entwined with moments of resistance and hope. So I thought of what Howard Zinn said about hope in such complex times: "The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”




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