About season 1

How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
— Martin Luther King Jr. (Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March)

How do we embody the just futures we strive for?

As I look out at the challenges we face in the world today, I have found myself looking back —reading the works of those who have lived in pursuit of that moral arc of the universe that bends towards justice.

In this reflection, I am reminded that every social movement and transformative social change has begun, humbly or heroically, with embodiment — seeing the promise and possibility of a new norm, perspective or way of being, and living in a way that awakens this reality. This embodiment can take many forms: resistance, renewal or a refusal to continue to perpetuate a system that is rooted in injustice.

We need these acts and actions now more than ever, for the challenges we face are significant and urgent — continued colonial violence, sexual assault (a violence that disproportionately impacts women, especially trans women, Indigenous women and women of colour), and rising temperatures. And we’re running out of time.

How might we come to manifest alternatives to the injustices of our current system? And how can we support one another in realizing these new realities? I look forward to exploring these questions with you over the course of this, the first season of CKX Questions.

— Alexander Dirksen, ckx program director & season 1 director

The inaugural season of CKX Questions is inspired by and deeply indebted to the work of adrienne maree brown (first with “Emergent Strategy” and soon again with “Pleasure Activism”). If you aren’t familiar with the wisdom and brilliance contained in their pages, make your way to your local bookstore - you won’t regret it. We also wish to acknowledge the work of organizations such as Inner Activist that are embodying these just futures every day through their work.