2020: On the Road to Change
There is an old African proverb: If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.
At Liberty Hill we believe that the people closest to the pain should be closest to the power and leading the fights for change. As the COVID-19 crisis exposed, we still have a long way to go in the fight to achieve equity for disenfranchised Black, Brown, Native American and Indigenous people in our society.
We also know that there is no one organization, activist, or leader who can win these David and Goliath battles alone. It takes a village of dedicated people and a chorus of voices calling for change from various corners of our society to move the needle on the issues that matter.
In 2020 we saw those voices rise up in new ways—in defiance of the status quo.
In the early days of COVID-19, they shouted from their cars during “Car March Protests” against youth incarceration, they stepped up their digital organizing efforts and learned new tools and technology to reach their communities during the pandemic, and when the nation rose up in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black people across the country, they masked up and hit the streets to fight against police brutality and systemic racism.
At Liberty Hill, we have been in this fight for more than 40 years supporting frontline activists and organizations most impacted by systemic oppression. We know we have a long road ahead. But if this past year has proven anything, it is that we can go so far when we go together.