Place: Hells Kitchen
Representative: Colin Fisher
What empowers you?
My home and my family. We Fishers are hobbit-like in our ability to make a house into a home. Things we imagine for ourselves often go very differently, for better and worse, but having a place that I've turned into a home filled with people and animals whom I love and who love me evens out all the kinks.
And to honestly answer this question from where I'm at right now, that last sequence in Rogue One. Good Lord.
How do you empower others?
I hope it's by listening. Everyone wants to be heard, and while my wife, of course, is first and foremost among those to whom I listen, I'm not just talking about people I know. The past couple years have made it clear to me that the very least I can do, given my position in our society, is listen to the voices of groups to which I don't belong. In 2016 I made a conscious effort to seek out some of those voices, which brought me to Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me and Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. They were explosively eye-opening. And it's not something I read this year, but listening to other voices reminds me of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. Will Hunting wasn't kidding when he said it would knock you on your ass.
How do you define love?
Acceptance. There are many types of love and I think they all start with acceptance. I don't think there's been a time in my life that the world needed this more than now.