Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

An Open Heart Points Beyond Itself


A dear real-life friend of mine wrote the following on their Facebook page yesterday, and it really touched me. This dilemma feels key to us staying put, and staying human, in San Francisco and other cities under siege:

“I’ve been searching my own heart these days for that place where we can mourn our losses together in a real and honest way (free from the ‘let‘s move on’ California group hug) . . . AND find the compassion to keep on fighting back with creativity amid the messiness of our resistance . . . and the rage and heartbreak that is our beautiful San Francisco.”

Now I’d like to hear from you, those of you class warriors battling it out in our beloved yet being-disappeared San Francisco:

What keeps your heart open, your compassion alive?

How do we mourn genuinely and honestly with our neighbors, with all those threatened by displacement, precisely to better resist? Or, how would we want to mourn and process our losses, so as to keep going, not give up, not turn into broken versions of ourselves, and sometimes even achieve victories?

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(Photo by Cindy Milstein, art of resistance, in another major metropole fighting against gentrification and austerity, Montreal, Quebec, May 14, 2015.)

One comment on “An Open Heart Points Beyond Itself

  1. tarotworldtour
    May 17, 2015

    I have not had time to follow your website properly and thus two questions spring to mind: is there a semi-successful squatters movement going on in San Francisco? And have you returned to Montreal at all I was just there last week and while Canada seems to be sputtering economically, I did not see nearly as many people that I would identify as homeless (maybe more will emerge when the summer gets underway). I’d love to see what has happened with squatting in London after it was kind of a large topic there 2-3 years ago. -tarotworldtour

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This entry was posted on May 16, 2015 by in Dispatches from Gentrifying San Francisco, Dispatches from Life.
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