For bread and roses

On this hundredth anniversary of the October Revolution, for what it's worth, I don't want to mark it for the men and women who seized power in Russia. Right or wrong, they can and ought to be judged critically but fairly.

I want to mark this anniversary for the nameless millions of men and women, young and old, of all cultures, of all ethnic backgrounds, of all genders and sexualities, who have fought so valiantly --

For dignity. The dignity of each child to grow to their full potential and to flourish as a human being.

For life. The value of all life on earth. To live in harmony with our natural environment while ensuring a common prosperity for all human beings.

For bread and roses. The simple needs and pleasures in life. That no one should be denied for reason of want or bigotry.

For the future. The future that begins today with our collective struggle to build it.

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