The first blackout event

Day 26

photo by Michelle J.

photo by Michelle J.

In the short time that we have been working on this project, many incredible things have happened.

We’ve been gifted with the knowledge that there are kindred spirits all around us, and all around the world. And we have been searching for one another.

It’s becoming very clear that many people are aching to come together in mourning, in solidarity, and in rebellion. There is a growing desire among many to work together, mourn for our personal and collective losses,  tear down what is broken, and to build something new.

We believe, more than ever, that our collective freedom and future lies in the work of rewilding-

reconnecting to our landbase, one another, ourselves, God

regenerating the land to encourage a healthy planet and raise biodiversity; we must learn to grow and gather animal and plant foods in a way that supports the health and wellness of all involved,

and

rebellion, the work of actively dismantling this culture of destruction in order to make room for the world we are trying to build.

And from the beginning, we knew at some point it would be time to organize actions around these ideas, to bring people together in physical space to reinforce the bond we are creating through this blog.

To grow the culture of rebellion.

And, it is feeling like we are ready for that now.

And we’ll start small, and simple, and go from there, OK?

Our dear friend and fellow activist Ryan O. coined the term “blackout”, and I simply love it.

The term “Blackout” can be used to describe any action or gathering inspired by “the year of black clothing” movement.

So, I’d like to invite you to participate in the first blackout event.

A 1 hour blackout, in mourning, in solidarity, in rebellion”

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On Sunday October 27th, from 7-8pm, we invite you to shut off all of the lights in your house, and around your property.

Turn off and unplug your TV’s, your computers, your phones, your major appliances, and anything else with a cord and a power button. Refrain from using anything that requires electricity.

During this hour go outside if you can. Or stay inside.  Sit around a fire if you can, or around a candle, or in complete darkness.  Gather with loved ones and friends if you can, or just be alone.

Sing, tell stories, laugh, cry. Mourn for your personal losses and our collective ones.Talk about who and what you stand in solidarity with and why. Pray. Praise. Sit in silence, or scream at the top of your lungs. Dance, hug one another. Lay on the ground and look at the stars. Play games with your children, listen to their stories.Wail.

Do what feels right, follow your instincts.

Let the emotions wash over you. Do not be afraid of them.

We need to know who we are with the lights off.

We need to know what we do without distractions.

We need to see what happens when we join together.

Invite your friends,

Share, and Share, and Share again.

Thank you for listening,

Love,

Natasha

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2 responses to “The first blackout event

  1. Yes. So this. I’m in. All in. All weeping, mourning, wailing me is in. Love this. Amen.

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