Kai Cheng Thom

I Hope We Choose Love

What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice without violence? How can we love in the absence of faith?
In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author’s characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as adrienne maree brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse.
145 printed pages
Original publication
2019

Impressions

    Crystal Vega-Huertashared an impression5 months ago
    👍Worth reading

Quotes

    jimena astridhas quoted20 days ago
    As for those communities of queer people, racialized people, disabled people marginalized people that have been taking back their power? The social justice activists that raised me to believe in the possibility of a revolution that would change and save the world? Sometimes it seems like the most painful cuts of all come from within my own community: Call-out culture. Lateral violence. Puritanical politics. Intimate partner abuse. Public shaming. We know so much about trauma but so little about how to heal it. What would “community” know about saving us from the apocalypse?
    Max Valenciahas quoted5 months ago
    safe and free are not the same thing
    living and alive are not the same thing
    Max Valenciahas quoted5 months ago
    hard to walk with ghosts on your shoulders, but when you learn to listen to what they’re saying, you realize that they’re telling the story of who you are.

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