By Elissa J. Tivona
Like so many others on November 9, 2016, I woke up on a different planet. I became an alien overnight. In this new world order, I did not speak the same language or share the same values as the minority party that rose to power. My immediate reaction was denial, which in short order turned to dread and depression. Right now, I fluctuate between simmering anger at those who would upend democracy and a renewed willingness to keep all that I’ve worked toward for over forty years from unraveling.
Fortunately, I am in fine company. On January 21, 2017, I marched alongside three million women and allies, taking part in demonstrations of peaceful resistance spanning the world. I witnessed the capacity of infinitely diverse people to come together and to commit with firm resolve and creative humor to a vast mobilization against tyranny that has only just begun. And because this is just the beginning, The Peace Correspondent values the thoughts and reflections of all those who still believe. We believe in liberty and justice; we believe in peace and resilience.
This issue of The Peace Correspondent is dedicated to those voices – a chorus of individuals who splice together current news events with insightful personal reflection on how to keep moving forward as “strangers in a strange land.”
We share renewed respect for fellow refugees traveling from embattled countries or fleeing brutal regimes, who are also attempting to gain a toehold in new countries.
We stand together with friends of color, those who identify with racial, ethnic, religious, and other identity groups, who mourn the resurgence of vile hate, but who will not bend to threats or intimidation. We speak as one when we say civil and human rights are not temporary but immutable natural laws.
We honor our mother earth, the coalition of indigenous people and climate scientists who are trying to protect her, and the rainbow threads of people who walk upon her. And no matter who attempts to pull apart these threads, we will simply knit them back together again just like the beautiful pink pussy hats sprouting like spring flowers in bouquets in the midst of the women’s marches.
Along with my editorial thoughts, I extend deep thanks to all the writers who contributed to this issue and the editorial board for help and assistance in production.
I’m excited to introduce writers like Andrea W. Doray, the newly elected President of Writing for Peace, who submitted in collaboration with Reem Mikhail. Both the second wave and millennial feminists discuss the need to stop normalization of collective misogyny. Also, meet fellow journalist, Mallary Jean Tenore, who lobbies for fundamental shifts in newsroom norms and advocates for shifts from sensational stories of violence to Restorative Narratives. The Restorative Narration approach to news- writing aligns with The Peace Correspondent’s belief that media can and should become a force for healing, not fuel for hostility and conflict. Enjoy a great read!
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