Hello world from the Woke Us Network!

Welcome to the What Woke Us Network!  So what are we about?  Let’s see, peace, liberty, and justice for all, you know, literal and actual American values.  Those are the only rules about this network, all content must reflect these values which shouldn’t be a problem because they shouldn’t be too hard to follow.  However, I wish that was as easy said as it is done but that is not the reality.  Around the world, atrocities towards the rights of human beings are threatened and that should not be the case or the norm that we accept around the world.  We shouldn’t be a society wherein we accept others’ tragedies as the norm just because we don’t understand their background or where they came from.  The very truth is that violence is unnecessary.  Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi did it without any semblance of violence at all and they remain among the greatest in peace activism and advocacy because of that.

While many people who are as progressive as I am (even less so) advocate violence or “rage against the machine”, the answer is not violence.  Love is the answer.  Love is what overcomes the hatred that we’ve learned and the hatred that some keep.  In the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda: “Love is love is love is love”.

So as I welcome you to the Woke Us Network, let’s awaken ourselves with love, with peace, with justice, and with liberty.  Let’s promise to ourselves that we will create and dedicate ourselves to a society that embraces these values rather than relegating them to a specific ideology.  Love cannot be an ideology folks, love is something that has impacted all of us.  Please remember that!

With much love,

Chris Fornesa

June 22, 2016

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