“The personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices.” — Audre Lorde
Being in this together for our matters, @danielrennt and I, at this point, sometimes joke about how we have no chill, how we have the most challenging conversations, how we feel so deeply and are thus, of course, enraged, at times. How can you not be? Navigating a system which was not created with and for you in mind. And yet, knowing that our individual struggles are more similar than different, we decided to turn that anger, that pain, into hope, into building blocks, into our kind of house, family and team. We love running and training, we love its community, how could we not open up this global space, share the gift of movement and bring in more nuanced voices? I am super proud of what WAYV is becoming and transforming into, and it was an honour bringing all of these conversations to Shanghai.
To bless the new running hub #runhailane we brought gifts from Berlin and they could be no other than: 1) Our Audre Lorde / Wayv Run Kollektiv Tee: we chose the quote “Without community, there is no liberation” from Black, Lesbian, poet, writer, teacher and activist Audre Lorde, who was born in New York and spent significant time in Berlin. She was such an integral part in the feminist movement and for Germany, made a huge difference, speaking up about racism and helping promote conversations within and around the Black and the LGBTQI* community. 2) Our running shorts with our triangle logo: When we first brainstormed about a name, we loved the word and the meaning behind wave, like a new wave of runners. So, when you take the initials WRK - it reminds us of WORK (as in work in progress) but also WERK (german for: to create) - both words signify something is changing, moving, progressing. We added a Y for some weirdness :) Our triangle was initially a badge of dishonour for those deemed as deviant (specifically in the LGBTQI* community), but it has since been re-appropriated to show solidarity and unity as a community. 3) My personal Berlin Marathon wristband [continued in comments]