Pouring all of one's potential, all of one’s passion into the now is what will set us up for a better future.
We sat down with UPRISER Hollis at our Good Times Brunch event earlier this month.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Hollis Wong-Wear and I am a musician and a songwriter. Moreover, I am just an LA resident that cares really deeply about how we are all doing as a community.
Tell us a little about this event and what made you want to be a part of it?
This event started really organically just through conversation with Michelle, Sarah and I. We were talking about wanting to bring people together in this beautiful home and I had been doing small intimate brunch showcases, kind of a fun flip on usually going to see music at a nightclub instead of coming in the daytime and being able to connect with people. I found that during the day, oftentimes people are more present and more engaged.
As soon as we were talking about the idea of a showcase almost immediately we felt like this showcase didn't just have to be for us but could actually have a greater impact than just simple food and music. I think we all have been feeling really distraught and helpless looking at the news where there are so many different things happening that seems so critical. So many people in pain, so many people that need advocacy, and so many folks on the ground that really need resources and need our support. I think more than anything, we are so inundated with information all the time it is hard to know what is real, it is hard to know how to prioritize it in our heads. We could have done a digital fundraiser and asked people to donate to these organizations but there is a true power in coming together in person, there is true power in coming together as a community, connecting from people to people and recognizing our common humanity.
The organizations that we are supporting with this brunch showcase today are doing incredible work on the ground. They are going incredible direct action work at detention centers to make sure that the voices of resistance and protest are heard. They are also doing critical advocacy for folks that are so vulnerable and are such a critical place in their lives right now as migrants. I feel very honored and very thankful that we have those organizations coming today to represent in person and to share with us because at the end of the day it is important to center the voices of the most affected and impacted and to support the work that people have been doing on the ground since before this manufactured crisis with the Trump administration. I am really thankful that we can hear directly from them what is going on and what's happening and how we can support.
One of Upriser’s mantra is “The Future is Now”. What does that mean to you and how is that applicable to this event?
When I think of the phrase “The Future is Now”, for me what that brings up is the urgency, the immediacy and the need to act now. I think we often have the privilege to be able to sit and think and speculate and doing that imaginative thinking is really important, but at the same time, it prevents us from really acting now. There is no better time than now to do what we need to do. That time has not passed, it is now, that time is not necessarily in the future, it is now.
So centering now, being present in the now and pouring all of one's potential, all of one’s passion into the now is what will set us up for a better future. For me, I know that I can get really caught up in my head sometimes and so when I think of “The Future is Now”, it really is about making your future happen immediately, don’t wait for the right time, the right time is now, there is no better time to act than right now.