When people ask me how we chose our name or what it means, I describe it in deliberate, painstaking language.
“ We need to be weapons of mass construction, weapons of mass love. It’s not enough to change the system, we need to change ourselves.” - Assata Shakur
In February, we launched the #BeLove series to profile organizations committed to ending structural racism and bias. We were invited to share this series at Sanctuary, a multimedia installation at the San Damiano Mission in Brooklyn, NY.
“I had no idea that White people cared about me.” It only took a 2-hour conversation for a twenty-six year-old Black woman to share this tearful realization. That this particular 2-hour conversation happened in St. Louis during the unrest following the Ferguson riots, was even more telling for the region.
When a substitute teacher worked with City Garden Montessori’s upper elementary classrooms, the students taught her what love looked like in their school. The substitute teacher was taking attendance and noticed a student of Asian descent standing near her. She looked at her list and said “Stephanie Hshieh, that must be you because you’re Asian.”