[Manifesto] Writing Is My Activism

You’ll never see me in the streets marching with a placard sign. That’s not me. That’s never been me.

So, I write.

And I write some more.

And I write even more.

Some days, I write for only 30-minutes.

Other days, I write for four hours.

Writing is my activism.

I explore my privilege, my thoughts, and my emotions through my writings. Then, I clean up what I’ve written and publish them.

Then, I share them. And I share them widely. I share them because I cannot be silent.

Writing is an act of resistance.

My ancestors didn’t know how to read and write. When they woke up at 4:30am, they had to chop down sugar canes and do back breaking work until the sun went down. Every day with no rest. With no pay.

At 4:30am, I get up to write. Before the sun peaks over the eastern horizon, I create an elaborate tapestry of words and phrases. Then, I watch the sun come up with a cup of tea in my hands.

I get to do what my ancestors were forbidden by law to do. I write, I read what I’ve written, and then I write some more.

Waking early to work on my economic agency is an act of resistance.

Waking early to write; this is my activism.

The definition of activism is using vigorous campaigns to bring about political and social change.

Praying, meditating, and thinking positive thoughts is the act of aligning yourself to the will of the Divine.

You may think you’ve done something because you’ve sprinkled the atmosphere with your love glitter.

Because rage, anger, and rallying is low vibration emotions.

But let me break it to you – that’s not activism.

The Divine has breathed into us a set of gifts that are to be used for a higher purpose.

That higher purpose is to help our fellow human.

Find your brand of activism and do it loudly.

For me, it’s writing.

I fight through my words.

I rage through my writings.

I rally through every word I write.

I grieve through my pages.

I shine light on injustices through every character I create.

Through every play I produce.

Through every personal essay I publish.

Writing is my activism.

What will it be for you?