Volume I, Issue III: Breathing Room

In Protean Magazine Volume I, Issue III, we turn our attention to how, in the wake of systemic crises, we may mourn our losses, build resilience, and breathe life into our communities and our movements.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, the thousands of other Black deaths at the hands of militarized police forces. Protestors choked by tear gas and brutalized by state repression. Hundreds of thousands dead and many more struggling to breathe as capital drives the country back to work to face a deadly virus. Millions beset by extreme weather as the climate crisis mounts. A flood of misinformation and conspiracy that has drowned truths in false consciousness.

The previous year saw multiple systemic crises erupt into conflagrations, some literally. As we reeled from the tragedies of 2020, the defeat of Donald Trump came as a welcome development—but the presidency of Joe Biden still portends the continuation of an unacceptable status quo.

How may we mourn our losses, build resilience, and breathe life into our communities and our movements? There isn’t a choice; the left must do so in order to face the difficulties that lie ahead. How can we make space for ourselves and our loved ones to breathe? How can mutual aid and actions of solidarity help relieve the economic and social pressures imposed upon us? Though our breath may be ragged these days, we have not lost hope. We still may find some breathing room.

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