As we confront the ugliness of hatred in the world right now, let's remember that Antifa (Anti-fascist) can and does mean non-violence.
Antifa is the seed of loving courage that blooms in a hateful world.
Antifa is the Atheist whose actions are more Christlike than the thieves who run the church.
Antifa is the walking, captured Christ who fell down and rose up again, but at no time hid or tried to escape.
Antifa is Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan, Hindu, Buddhist. Antifa is all four directions. Antifa is above and below.
Antifa is the flower's right to bloom. You can cut her down, but she left seeds that will continue to reach for the sky.
Antifa is both masked and unmasked. Antifa is the questions: aren't our faces masks for our spirits? Do we have a right to them? Can we take a moment to recognize the privilege in having a face?
Antifa is the fight for the world we believe possible. Antifa is public prayer. Antifa is the great sacrifice of the self for the community. Antifa is every time you tell the truth.
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Susan Anglada Bartley is an author, healer, educator, and activist.