Still We Resist: Reflections on Our Tenure as Editors-in-Chief

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Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work

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On December 14 of this year, we will conclude our tenure as editors-in-chief of Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. In pondering this, our last editorial, we have been reflecting on those tumultuous years under the Trump presidency, a time during which some of our worst fears for the political landscape of the United States have come to fruition, and the centuries-deep wounds of systemic inequalities in our communities have been once again laid bare. The past few months of the pandemic have simultaneously isolated us from family, friends, and colleagues while requiring us to provide unparalleled levels of support and care for them. The continued killing of black, brown, and Indigenous bodies at the hands of the police has incensed us, even as we were heartened by the global masses who rose up against such injustices, all the while grappling with the financial, physical, and emotional wreckages wrought by the pandemic. The terrifying storms, floods, and fires that have become commonplace in many regions of the world are insistent reminders of an apocalyptic climate crisis whose effects also, predictably, land most heavily upon those same marginalized bodies and communities (Bhuyan et al., 2019). The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, which reached us in the midst of writing this editorial just weeks before another U.S. presidential election, came to us as a blow to the solar plexus. We had not realized how much we had relied on her embattled body and the towering feminist judicial mind it housed to persist as bulwark against at least some of the rising tides of violence continuously encroaching upon our own gendered and racialized selves.


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