The Fierce Urgency of Now

We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late…We must move past indecision to action...If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight. 
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech, delivered April 4, 1967, at the Riverside Church in New York City

Welcome to my blog. That you are here means that you are listening, a privilege that creates for me the responsibility to have something meaningful to say. Fortunately, I think that the opening quote by Dr. King says it best (as you follow me, or if you have heard me speak or read my interviews, you will find that there are lots of things that I think he said best!). Every day as we watch the news we are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. It is clear that we are at a moment in our country and world’s history where we can't afford to be passive, and in the words of Dr. King, we must move past indecision to action.

We are now living in an era where it is incumbent upon us not only to stay true to our values, but to take a stand. This blog will be a continuation of what I started with my book Life’s Work: my personal stand against patriarchy, denial of reproductive rights, Islamophobia, anti-immigration, racism, poverty stigma and more, and for the forces of good will, human rights, and social and reproductive justice.

This blog will be my effort to respond to the fierce urgency of now and generate light, not heat, on the big issues of our day. What do I mean, distinguishing between light and heat? Light is productive and stimulates growth, while heat can be destructive. As I often tell anti-abortion individuals outside the clinics where I work, I value dialogue and am willing to engage in an exchange of ideas, but if I get the sense that someone is wanting to talk at me versus with me and that they’re not open to honest disagreement, then I won’t pursue that conversation. That’s light vs. heat.

I want this forum to challenge or empower you to step into what this present moment calls for: action. I will discuss issues that regard the lives of women, focusing primarily but not solely on the issue of reproduction. I speak plurally because as Audre Lorde said, “there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” The issues and the forces at play are multiple, and these not only determine the life chances of women directly, they impact all of us—even if indirectly.

So, welcome to my public thought space, where perhaps together we can explore the big questions of the day to figure out which way to go as we answer the call of Dr. King to move past indecision and take a stand for power with compassion, might with morality and strength with sight now, before it’s too late.

I want to hear from you. How are you generating light? What's your first move towards action?