This country, including our physical infrastructure, was designed by and for white, able-bodied, cis-gendered men. Today’s infrastructure package without an investment in paid leave, health care, child care and support for families is not infrastructure.
“Running from Bondage: Enslaved Women and Their Remarkable Fight for Freedom in Revolutionary America” by Karen Cook Bell tells the stories of enslaved women who escaped from and resisted slavery during and after the Revolutionary War.
In her latest exhibition, “Freedom is for Everybody,” artist-activist Michele Pred uses sculpture, assemblage and performance as a call-to-action to uplift marginalized voices, activate and mobilize around the protection of freedom for *all* bodies—now more than ever.
Military families face unique financial challenges and are thus vulnerable to food insecurity. This is felt acutely among women veterans, veterans of color and military spouses, who are typically women.
Not only has hunger among military families and veterans been a problem for years—rising to new heights during the pandemic—policymakers have repeatedly failed to take even the most basic action to respond to it.
“We ask of our rulers, at this hour, no special favors, no special privileges, no special legislation. We ask justice, we ask equality. We ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.”
While we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, we should remember these brave women who fought for and helped to shape our nation.
The “Spirit of 1776” left the Manhattan headquarters of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association amid great applause, loaded with suffrage literature and bound for a month-long tour of Long Island.