Acquaintances new and old convened at the Wayside Center?s third annual Commons, July 13th-14th. Here?s a video and some reflections from friends and comrades.
?There is something magical about Wayside. It was one of the first places where I felt at home in Virginia and continues to do so. I love the Commons because it’s one of the few spaces where I can see dear friends and make new ones across this state.? – Anna P. Diaz
?This year?s Commons was very special for me. I grew into myself more through its planning process and the intense political conversations it sparked amongst people I deeply love and respect. This work builds love.?- Hieu Tran, Wayside/SONG/RRFP
?The Wayside Commons 2013 was a great way to connect with friends old and new and feel our collective power. Being with folks in that way always renews my hope and my commitment to the struggle for justice for all people.??- Aaron Kemmerer, SONG/Girls Rock! RVA
“I really like Wayside and the Commons because I can get an update on what people are feeling across the state. I feel like I meet new amazing people, and get to relax with people that are doing amazing work, and pushing things further. I’m consistently impressed by the knowledge and insight people have, and always leave feeling rejuvenated to keep the struggle going in my part of the state.” -Nathan Stickel, The Flying Brick Library
?Revolution grows under train bridges, swells up in swimming holes, and rages up around midnight fires. I am so grateful of the new friends I made at the Commons, hugging tightly the old ones, and for the songs that I am still singing from that weekend.? – Cake, ?Participant/Princess