Sometimes You Just Need to Take a Break from Sad Stuff and Look at a Puppy

When I am away from home, I often ask my parents to send me photos of our dog, Zeke.

Joe describes Zeke as a dog bred to look like a teddy bear come to life. I like to take this as proof of Zeke’s perfection rather than some critique of GMO dogs engineered to feed humanity’s endless appetite for the increasingly cute.

Zeke has examined the housing crisis and determined that a break is a luxury afforded only to those not living the struggle. Zeke quotes Aboriginal activist Lilla Watson (as Zeke looks to their Australian ancestry for inspiration):

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

Zeke appreciates the solidarity among those engaged in the affordable housing and housing justice movement and as such has volunteered to offer up their own visage so that others might gaze upon it as a soothing balm for self-care.


“Just as the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house, nor may we rely on them to build up our own affordable, safe, and healthy housing or end the housing crisis.” – Zeke


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