Mourning my America

I have felt numb, too shocked to speak since watching last night’s election results unfold. Many of you are like me, stranded in a period of mourning, shaken from the loss of what we thought America was. I thought today’s United States of America would choose progress, not bigotry, and seeing that idea of the US die has left me with shock and grief. I encourage all of you to take as much time as you need, to treat this like a real mourning period and to honor your grief, because when you emerge from it, there is a lot of work to be done.

We had hoped that we would get an elected official who would protect our environment for us, who would push social change for us, who would protect women’s rights for us. This is not going to be the case. This is not the end of the struggle though, it just means that our job is much harder.

We will have to change our strategies to include more direct action. We will have to put our money where our heart is, and vote with our dollar for the kind of products/means of production/ethics that we believe in. We will have to engage the half of Americans that actually like what Trump stands for, and we will have to invoke our compassion and educate them.

Things have just gotten much more difficult, but we who care about the earth, religious freedom, women’s health and equal rights for all of mankind CANNOT AFFORD TO GIVE UP. We must work even harder, be more effective activists because we have no other options.

To close, we of Compass Green want to give unequivocal assurance of the following:

African Americans, we stand with you.

Latinos, we stand with you.

LGBTQ community, we stand with you.

Muslims, we stand with you.

Women, we stand with you.

Refugees, we stand with you.

Immigrants, we stand with you.

First Nations, we stand with you.

Minorities, we stand with you.

Mother Earth, we stand with you.

This list goes on and on, and so does our commitment to fight injustice, plant hope, and grow a healthy future.

When your period of grieving is over, come meet us on the front lines.


Justin Cutter

Director of Compass Greensunrise-in-iowa