As this historic day unfolds, I find myself without many words. I’ve previously expressed my thoughts on the reparations ordinance, including my thoughts on what it would mean to win. Today, more than anything, I am simply grateful. I am grateful to have played my own small part, helping to build actions around this campaign in recent months, grateful to have friends who were willing to commit themselves to this effort, and to make further sacrifices had the fight required as much, and grateful to have been witness to such a hard fought victory. The torture survivors, and those who have stood behind them for decades, have my absolute admiration today, and I am so honored to have stood with them.
In the absence of more thoughtful words on the subject, I wanted to share a look back at some of the actions that brought us to this moment. While countless hours of planning, negotiating, and other labor went into this fight, direct action is the front I understand best, and it’s where I spend much of my time in heated campaigns like this one. Here are a few of the moments I will carry with me tonight as we celebrate this historic victory.
And while this wasn’t exactly a direct action, I’ll never forget it: