Celebrating the Suffrage Centennial with “The Vote” Producer Michelle Ferrari

Producer Michelle Ferrari sits down with Ms. for a conversation surrounding her new documentary exploring the 72-year battle that eventually led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. The two-part documentary explains the long-fought and surprisingly unfamiliar story of women’s struggle to secure the right to vote. The film comes at a crucial moment, commemorating the centennial of the women’s vote— focusing on divisions in the movement, injustices, obstacles and achievements.

Filipino Journalist Maria Ressa Arrested in Overt Attempt to Crush Press Freedom

Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa was found guilty of “cyber libel” for investigating President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who has continuously suppressed press freedom and has been responsible for countless human right violations. Journalism is under major fire in the Philippines, and Ressa has been persecuted for denouncing an administration that egregiously disregards basic human rights.

Ressa said: “I’m being set up as an example so that others will stop asking tough questions, and I think that puts responsibility on me to continue asking tough questions.”

Black Mothers Are Still Fighting For Their Murdered Children

Black mothers of those killed as a result of police brutality and racially motivated gun violence are making positive change in the wake of their children’s deaths.

“When George Floyd called his mama,” said Diallo, “all of the mothers were summoned to push forward and make things happen. Our strength, our strength is to really push forward the change we need because we’re not going to give up.”