What we seek is love, justice, progress.
On my desk, I keep a note from a friend that says “Just Keep Going.” It’s a reminder that slogging through any mud takes one step, then one step more… It seems simple enough, seeking to push outward beyond the boundaries that formerly constrained us. When we dream, we create the possibility of a new reality—any one we want—unfolding. And we step up.
As Julie Dawkis alludes to in systems, her poem for Dream Beyond, the fifth issue of To The People zine, our collective healing happens first as a dream, a thought. But what happens next is what makes all the difference.
The pages of Dream Beyond are filled with activists and changemakers doing the work within their communities, and they are often making a difference on a national, even global level. I hope you’ll find them as inspiring as we do, and perhaps become inspired to dream and take action of your own.
— Alyssa Shapiro
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Julie Dawkins is the 2019 National Student Poet for the Southwest Region. Her work explores themes such as social justice and humanity, and she draws frequent inspiration from her home state of Oklahoma.