"...Come onto this land in a humble way; this land is alive, there were people before you and there will be people after you. What does it mean for us, humans, to be the bridge between the past and present?” -Corrina Gould
On this day commonly referred to as "Black Friday," on the heels of "Thanksgiving," when the U.S. celebrates colonial genocide, I'm thinking about the inextricable and mutually dependent systems of capitalism and colonialism.
As a disabled candlemaker running a small business, I am both working to survive capitalism, and to forward a relationship with labor, life, land and craftship that builds interdependence and undermines capitalism at its core. My hope for Narrow Bridge Candles is that it supports my livelihood while nourishing and resourcing community resilience and infrastructure.
Skilled craftship requires an embodiment that capitalism depends on restricting and breaking. With my labor, I remember and invoke a time and place in which something made intentionally with skilled hands and quality materials is to be treasured. Thank you for sustaining this vision with me.
I look forward to making a large donation again this year to struggles for Palestinian self-determination in the face of Israeli colonization and occupation. I also look forward to supporting ISER Caribe in saying "Puerto Rico is Not for Sale!" and building a sustainable and sovereign Puerto Rico.
This season, please consider supporting businesses and craftspeople working for the healing and repair of our world through their offerings.
PUERTO RICO IS NOT FOR SALE! - NOVEMBER FUNDRAISER
From Declaración by Aurora Levins Morales with Ricardo Levins Morales
“They have unleashed a hurricane upon us, expecting to discourage and defeat us, but we are a Caribbean forest, adapted by evolution to survive hurricanes. Like the trees of our land, we send up many shoots from each splintered trunk, and become an ever-denser forest, binding the carbon of fallen limbs into the clay, and in that enriched soil, we sow ourselves. In this moment in which branches and trunks are falling all around us, we demand, as an inalienable right, the restoration of our natural sovereignty, which outshines mere independence as the sun outshines a street light, to plant our indispensable and inherent freedom.”