Interview on HuffPo: “Speaking Truth to Power Through Affirmations?”
Speaking Truth to Power Through Affirmations?
by Victor M. Feraru
Posted: 06/08/2015 3:12 pm EDT Updated: 06/08/2015 3:59 pm EDT
Stephanie McMillan has devoted most of her adult life to speaking truth to those in power through multiple books that illustrate the destructive effects of capitalism.
On Facebook and her own website McMillan shares The “Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Militants” which are popular enough that she decided to create a desk calendar that will bring these animated encouragements to life.
McMillan has started a Kickstarter fundraising campaign that is more than 50 percent to its goal. It ends Friday, June 12. It goes without saying that McMillan’s message does not resonate with those in corporate America. I asked McMillan a few questions about the affirmations and the campaign.
Question: What are daily affirmations? What is their purpose?
McMillan: The “Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants”
are simple and colorful drawings with inspirational messages (basically like memes) that encourage revolutionaries who want to end global capitalism.
There are already plenty of Affirmations for people who want financial success, romance, spiritual uplift, weight loss and other things. But until now, none have existed for people who want to fight exploitation, oppression, and the destruction of the planet; none for those who are struggling to change society based on the needs of humanity and nature rather than on the pursuit of profit. This is the most important thing that people can be doing, but so often people try to discourage us — they argue that it’s impossible or crazy — instead of offering positive support.
Fighting for social change can be difficult, and revolutionaries sometimes feel isolated, overwhelmed or discouraged. We need encouragement, and reminders that we are strong and not alone. So I created these affirmations to fill that need.
Question: Who are the characters in the affirmations and what do they represent?
McMillan: The main characters are from my comic strip, “Minimum Security”: Bunnista (a rabbit) and Victoria (a guinea pig). They’re both dedicated revolutionaries who want to end capitalism. Bunnista is more outwardly assertive and a little impulsive, while Victoria is an extremely rational strategist.
Accompanying them on their mission to change society are a lot of other creatures — adorable mice, cute insects, red birds, a raccoon, a dog and cat, even horses and lions. Collectively, they represent the diversity of ideas and approaches of all the people involved in our common struggle.
Question: Tell me about your Kickstarter campaign. What happens with the funds raised? What do the funds help you accomplish?
Answer: I started the campaign in response to many requests to turn the Affirmations into something tangible, something physical. Many readers requested a calendar. So if this campaign is successfully funded, I’ll be able to produce a desk calendar with a year’s worth of daily affirmations. It’ll be perpetual, so it can be re-used year after year.
McMillan wants to thank everyone who has pledged so far. If it is possible, she hopes you, too would be willing to lend a helping hand. No amount is too small.
For more information about McMillan’s work, visit her website here and of course her Kickstarter campaign can be found at http://kck.st/1RuqHrk.
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