We're in an age of revolution. Will it be enough?

Artwork by Erin Eberle / Instagram

LISTENING: to my cat purr on my arm
FEELING: loved, if only for a moment
SEEING: my cat's sleepy face

At the grocery store Monday night, my partner and I were talking to the owner and someone with him when we mentioned my boyfriend's new job as a carpenter at Columbia University. The owner's buddy, someone we had never met before, went on to disparage the student-led protests happening at Columbia. He called them "stupid" and "a waste of taxpayer money" given the police presence.

I stood silent and listened until he paused long enough for me to interject. "I love protests," I said defiantly. "I go out whenever I can, and I love what the students are doing." He then said, "I think they should all go to jail," to which I responded, "I think prisons should be abolished."

Welcome to Possibilities, a creative climate newsletter on the possibilities that lie where crisis meets community. I’m Yessenia Funes, and it's up to us, the community, to speak up when crisis hits the most vulnerable.

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