generation together;

generation together;

we need a generation

whose minorities aren’t told that they interrupt.

we need a generation

for whom the time was always up.

we need a generation

whose systems and industries aren’t corrupt.

 

we need a generation

where empathy is the norm.

we need a generation

whose climate isn’t warm.

we need a generation

that constantly looks to reform.

 

we need a generation

that doesn’t demean femininity.

we need a generation

who knows it’s okay to have an LGBTQ+ identity.

we need a generation

where POC have the same opportunities.

 

we need a generation

who trusts that girls are tough.

we need a generation

where girls don’t ever have to bluff.

we need a generation

for whom it’s a given that girls are enough.

 

we need a generation

that understands that rape is not dependent on how one is dressed.

we need a generation

whose true selves don’t have to be repressed.

we need a generation

that doesn’t suppress what must be expressed.

 

we need a generation

for whom the definition of human isn’t blurred.

we need a generation

whose pleas are listened to, and answered.

we need a generation

where all voices are heard.

 

we need a generation

that knows what’s going on.

we need a generation

that apologizes for what it does wrong.

we need a generation

with a place for everyone to belong.

 

we don’t need a generation

that is perfect, but

we need a generation

that practices respect.

 

we need a generation

that no longer expects resistance,

solely because it accepts existence.

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Our thoughts and hearts are with those families torn apart by the American travel ban, as well as the many, many victims of sexual harassment and abuse across the globe. We hope that everyone will think, act and react with kindness, empathy and a sense of justice going forward, and we pledge to do the same. We pledge to be mindful of events occurring, to be grateful for our safety, to share the stories of our fellow humans, and take action wherever we can to prevent further crises from occurring.