The promise we make for our fourth glass of wine is this: I will fight for freedom.
How do we fight for freedom when we ourselves are not yet free?
We delegate and prioritize. We take care of ourselves to make sure that we have the energy to fight for the freedom of others. We protect black trans women at all costs. We donate money when we have it, and donate time whether we have it or not. We go door to door collecting signatures for new political candidates. We vote. We vote. We recognize that the current political system cannot effect meaningful change on the timeline that we need it to. We rally and we march and we make demands. We stand between the police and those who are more marginalized than we are. We shut down the system until they listen to us. And we refuse to change slowly. We refuse to be placated. We refuse to accept small steps towards justice. Until all of us are free, none of us is free.
We read together:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, borei p’ree hagafen.
We praise God, Ruler of Everything, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Drink the fourth glass of wine!
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