New York, NYUSA
Hometown: New York
March 6, 2011
Learned about the suffrage movement as a child in the 50's. Back then it wasn't such ancient history! Throughout the civil rights struggles, just as previously throughout the abolitionist movement, the connection to women's civil liberty was strong.
Most active group I know at the local level, that also has a national presence. Sonia Ossorio's leadership has been particularly noteworthy and I feel participation here is most effective. NOW-NYC has been at the forefront of efforts to confront human trafficking in NYC.
Focused now on human trafficking. Both sex trafficking and labor trafficking overwhelmingly affect women and children as they are most vulnerable to exploitation. The cultural assumptions that underlie and facilitate this abuse must change. There is much heavy lifting still to be done. As an avid diver and environmentalist, I gravitate toward marine conservation as the cause most in need of vocal advocates. Although we may not realize it, life on planet earth is highly dependent on the fragile marine ecosystems that we have sadly managed to disrupt. This may sound our death knell. Juggling social justice issues that deeply offend my moral compass, with environmental issues that threaten to destroy our planet, is a constant challenge. I have searched and found several arenas where these passions intersect along the lines of environmental justice, farm worker's rights, Fair Trade and sustainability issues. In each of those arenas we find women most affected.
Equality in both opportunity and representation across society. Women are truly "half the sky". I don't believe the planet can survive without fully utilizing the power, talent and creative energy of all its inhabitants to affect the necessary changes. As this is the only planet to which I currently have access, I am highly motivated by self-interest!
I read books. Old school. I read newspapers and periodicals. I read lamp posts and peoples faces. I've learned to read between the lines, but I don't read palms. I listen to NPR and to the tempering voices of a few select friends. I strive to tune out the corporatocracy. But a couple of favorite blogs at present: Ultraviolet: http://www.weareultraviolet. Girl With Pen: http://thesocietypages.org/girlwpen/ and most straight to the heart: My Body The City: The Secret Life of a Call Girl, by the amazing Stella Marr: http://secretlifeofamanhattancallgirl.wordpress.com/
Hope to be counted among those who did not remain silent.
NOW has been, and continues to be, the preeminent voice in NYC for women's rights and by extension, the whole panoply of progressive social justice issues. Support NOW-NYC. This is the 'Mother-Ship'.