Freedom is a world rid of the structural barriers that prevent us from being our best selves. Freedom is everyone being able to build the futures they want without participating in systems that oppress other people.

To me, freedom is not having to worry about rent every month. Freedom is not having to worry about the financial, emotional, mental, and physical health of myself and my families because I know the systems that exist will take care of them. Freedom is everyone having the ability to be their best self. Freedom is safety for all the members of our communities from both our traditional notions of violence and the slow violence of forces like gentrification and the siting of polluted industries in our environments. To create true freedom, we need to imagine a world with reparations, and to imagine a world where there is no ruling class, no hierarchy. Let’s build the future together.

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