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The Moment We Choose to Love


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bell hooks’ essay “Love as the Practice of Freedom” in Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, asks us to consider the political manifestations of self-love, and how this love propels us towards self-determination. This has particular resonance as people are moved to take action today, with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, with calls for justice and organized resistance against police and state violence, and support for Black, women, and trans folks defending their lives. As hooks writes:

“The moment we choose to love, we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom.”

This is the 3nd edition of a print made for Justseeds’ CSA in 2015.

This edition was printed in 2022 by Cowboy Press

Image description: Purple text on an orange and yellow brick wall read THE MOMENT WE CHOOSE TO LOVE WE BEGIN TO MOVE TOWARDS FREEDOM. A heart shaped hole has been punched through the brick and mortar and a rope for escape has been dropped to the other side. Through the hole in the wall, the dark blue night sky is visible with a crescent moon, the big dipper constellation, and the north star.

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