Sweetie –

CIbo0UxUYAAwImzWhen you grow up, I am very hopeful that hateful speech and laws toward people who happen to love differently than your father and I is something you only experience in history books (will we still call collections of information or stories “books” when you’re grown up?).

Today is an historic day for our country. Today, marriage equality became the law across all 50 states.

It didn’t just happen. It took decades of work by activists, and lots of sacrifice. Though your father and I have chosen to focus most of our energy on educational equity, it is important that we pay attention to the intersectionality of other struggles for justice, and support those issues too. So we played a small part in this fight, too (with our donations of money and conversations with friends and acquaintances). But there are those who have given immeasurably to today’s victory and I am so grateful for their work and what it means for the world we are raising you in.

You will choose your own issues on which to work, and we will do our best to help you learn how to be a good ally when you choose to support issues for which you are not directly impacted. We are still learning how to do this ourselves.

Today – June 26, 2015 – you just turned one year old, it’s a sunny day, and love won. What a celebration!

It is our duty to fight.
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
-Assata Shakur