To my mind, the fight for social justice has always meant to protect and to support those who have been disenfranchised, marginalized, and who do not occupy positions of privilege. It means recognizing that those among us who own a certain degree of power must utilize that power to support those who do not occupy the same space that we do. It means a willingness to put ourselves on the line when we support and protect others. […]
In the genre we occupy, power is coupled to the level of visibility you have, the awards you’ve won, the people who’ve given you the protection of their name, the people you’re connected to, the network that surrounds you. This too is power.
The question becomes this: how do you wield that power? Do you wield it for change or do you use it as the privileged of the world use it? Do you use it for your profit alone?
–Rochita Loenen-Ruiz on power.