I met Naquasia LeGrand at the Metro Justice Annual Dinner in Rochester, where she was the keynote speaker. We were deep into a conversation, and I was about to tell her about this project I was gestating, Global Revolution Comix. Before I could even start in, she started telling me about a superhero she and her friends had come up with, The Unionizer.
Over the next couple of months, as we all hustled to try to keep our bills paid and roofs over our heads, we kept talking about it. Naquasia’s writing mentor, the awesome Terry Schwadron, put me in touch with Anthony Roman, and we started kicking things around. It was impossible to get people on the phone at the same time, to have a Google Hangout, or anything sensible that would take place if we had office jobs. Maurice was and remains homeless, living in a shelter and working a job, people’s cell phones are sometimes turned off… We find ways to keep this jam going nonetheless.
Over the almost three months since the annual dinner, hearing Naquasia sound weary on the phone has been one of the hardest things. We’re all doing what we’re doing to build a better future for all of us, and sometimes that takes every last ounce you’ve got and leaves you dead on your feet still having somewhere to hike to.
There’s no future for a world where we are pitted against each other to chase a dollar. The only future that makes sense is one we build together. For each other.