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Friday, December 2, 2016

ADELPHI EVENT CANCELLED

Peace, Everyone.

I write to you all today with some somber news, as well as with some positivity. (As I know many of you are busy at this time of the year, please see attached document for a much briefer version of this email if that is all you have time for—no hard feelings, I understand (: ) 
I am writing you today to inform you that I have decided to postpone the March set for December 10th. Many of my colleagues here at the University—as well as some who I have been working with collaboration with—have been struggling with the busyness of the season and the immediate kind of work that an event of this nature requires—and I am completely understanding. I’m only a student and the work alone from my Professors at this point in the year is enough to keep me busy around the clock—I can’t imagine what professionals must be going through at this point (especially with current political tensions and forecasted changes).

With that, I want to move the march to a point where the Adelphi, Hofstra, and Nassau Community College Students and Faculty have returned from Winter Break, and have been revitalized by the optimism coming from a new semester. This then pushes the event to at least the beginning of February—a time at which snow will most likely be more prevalent than skyscrapers in the City. So, I can not say that what we will have in February will be identical in plan to what this event was, but I will say that the event will still be the same in scope: Bringing people together from across Nassau County to help create a community of progressive and motivated people that can help defend everything that is at risk from the adopted platform for—at least—the next two years.

Furthermore, moving the date of the event will give me the opportunity to meet with all of you or your organizations; come to your events; and help promote your mission’s on an individual basis before I ask for your help and participation in something I am doing. I will also have much less-stressed student collaborators who can help me garner larger student, faculty, and alumnae support from across my university and hopefully other universities as well. 

So, I would like to conclude by saying three things: 1) Thank you. Thank each of you for all of your kindness, compassion, and consistent effort given over these last few weeks. We are doing long-term work, work which is very Sankofa in nature, and I can not thank you all enough. 2) Let’s work together. One shocking thing I found from all of this is how much different groups don’t talk with each other. We all have our divisions and we all have our priorities/commitments to a variety of organizations—and I get that, but what we need now more than ever is collective community. I truly believe we are moving into our next great civil rights struggle, one which is a defensive more than an offensive, and I believe the only way we will prevail is if we come together. With that, please let me know of all of your events/meetings/promoting items in the region, and I will work to come to everything. I firmly believe in the good work that all of you do, and if I can attend your event I will. 3) I will be in touch. I will be reaching out over the next few weeks to try and come to different meetings, events, and trainings. I will even stop down from my home in Albany during winter intercession to just come and talk. Over the next few weeks I will be planning and organizing more, and will be finalizing the event in February. Don’t lose faith—my thesis-length emails will still be finding your inbox! (:

To make one last connection (something I’m big on), if you get to know me, at some point you’ll learn about my love for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. And, while I wrote to all of you the other day about Perec and his work La Disparition, we saw what happens when “eux” is no longer defended. Therefore, what I leave you with tonight is a line from Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter which was: “Do not pity the dead Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.” I will continue to work to bring community, understanding, and compassion from people across the progressive spectrum in order to help communicate our main focus: Love. We have lived through Darfur; Bosnia; Rwanda; Cambodia; The Holocaust; and just as horrible times when we chose to live without love—I implore you over the next few weeks to keep working for love, and I promise I will do the same!

Thank you for all that you do,

In Kindness and Solidarity,

Brian Stanley

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