Review: The Resistance: United in Love

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The Resistance: United in Love by Danielle Allen, Dylan AllenJC AndrijeskiMegan Benjamin EvansNatasha Boyd , Elizabeth BurgessDeborah Cunningham BurstEmme BurtonM.C. CernySelene Chardou S. Simone ChavousT. Thorn CoyleSarah M. CraditElla DominguezNicole FallsJohn Gregory HancockBayli LaneRobin LeeOlivia LindenG. MillerHarper MillerMorgan Jane MitchellC. RickettsKatherine RhodesKimberly RoseAmalie SilverM. StrattonLeslie Claire Walker, and Zoe York.

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Published: 20 February 2017

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Category: Biographies & Memoirs/Poetry

We the people
Will not be silenced
Our voices are important.

We the people
Will not be pushed aside
We will be seen
Our numbers are more than you know.

We the people
Will make a difference
We will hold the government accountable
Our empathy is not a weakness.

In these turbulent times we the people will stand together in the face of hate knowing we are all equal, and every life matters.
We the people are The Resistance, United in Love

Authors coming together to write a collection of poems and essays that reflect our views on what has happened and our hopes for the future.

This work is not affiliated with any political party.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

A collection of varying pieces, from essays to poems to free form works, The Resistance utilizes personal experience to detail feelings of hope, of fear, of worry. There are pieces that may mean more to some people than to others, but the collection as a whole showed a solidarity among these authors to lend their voices to a collection that, I feel, needs to be shared.

For Who? by Danielle Allen was the piece that stood out the most to me as the one that summed up the collection best, the one that needs to be shared the most. It spoke about how the current administration (45) preaches about “make America great again”, but asks the important question: for who? The Natives who’ve been murdered, whose descendants were/are forced off their land? Those of African descent who were seen as 3/5 of a person? For women, told that sexual assault is their fault, paid less because of their gender regardless of their abilities? For Who? is best summed up by this excerpt:

Instead of the current administration holding on to the reigns of discrimination and oppression to “make America great again” for only one very specific group (wealthy, heterosexual, Christian, white men), all of us, regardless of race, class , gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc., need to step up so we can make America great (for all of us) for the first time.

The poem that felt the most personal to my person was Do You See Me? Because I See You by Danielle Allen. It spoke to the hypocrisy of people that proclaim to support their friends and family of targeted genders/sexualities/etc., but at the same time shout out their support for the oppositional administration.

When you say that we’re friends and that you love me Do you not think of that when you blindly agree With the hateful words and derogatory tone Of an administration whose intentions were known?

I have family and friends that I simply cannot understand that would benefit from reading this collection, especially Danielle Allen’s poem. A position such as this is not only hypocritical, but it’s dangerous because it makes them blind to not only what happens to their friends & family, but to the millions of other citizens in this country.

I was saddened when I read Your Son by Amalie Silver and it was almost more personal than Do You See Me? because while that poem spoke to me, this essay spoke to my experience with my son. He’s a special needs child and I recognized him in this story. He was born as a child that I loved, but that others recognized needed help. Because of them, he’s been learning things I could never have taught him on my own because I’m too close to him. This essay understood that, but it also made me realize how very real the fear is that the programs that help him could and very well may disappear with the current Secretary of Education. A woman who doesn’t believe that children like my son deserves help, that money is more important than helping him and children like him. How horrifying, that reality.

As a whole, this collection had an 85-90% rate of success with the content. There were some pieces that I thought either didn’t fit or were not edited as well as I would have liked, regardless of content. Regardless of the minimal disappointments, this collection was important. While the pieces did lean toward a certain liberal mindedness, there were many authors that reminded us that we should be there for each other. We have to protect one another and work toward a safe environment despite what the current administration is trying to do to us, to our friends and families. Remember, that for all our differences, we still have in common our humanity.

 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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