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Shakina Nayfack

Dear Fellow Revolutionaries,

I write to you as a dusty-kneed soldier of the great unfolding rebellion that is America.

I write from the heart, in a pivotal moment in which each of us must decide whether to lead with love or fear. I urge you to remember: Only love is real.

Zack Weinstein

To the fearful and disheartened majority,

Hi. My name is Zack Weinstein. Thirty-one years old. Straight white cisgender male. Married. Actor. Mostly TV. (Ugh, so LA.) Also: Quadriplegic. Power wheelchair. Spinal cord injury. When I was nineteen. Trust me, it really doesn't matter how it happened.

And a quick piece of advice: Don't ask strangers in wheelchairs what happened to them. That might seem pretty obvious but you would be surprised. Develop a sincere connection with someone first. Then you can ask.

Daphne Gottlieb

Darling,​

Words for hope are just words. Words are spells. Your spelling is terrible. Drink some water.

Drink. Know the water is rising. The fuels these men use, what fuels these men. It makes the seas rise. The men do not believe in climate change. You cannot own a climate. Change is not the same as progress. The sea creeps closer by 3.2 millimeters every year. It’s a glacial pace.

Edward Einhorn

Dear fellow artists and concerned citizens,

I have been preparing for this all my life. I just didn’t know it.

After all, I have produced and directed plays written by Havel in response to the Communist regime, plays by Ionesco in response to fascism, plays by inmates at Terezin during the Holocaust. I know what protest looks like, through the eyes of a playwright. I have channeled it. Yet somehow I didn’t ever expect to be on the front lines.

The time has come.

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