March is Women’s History Month, and in this time, this world, this March 8th feels even more important, more radical, more visceral, more strange, bizarre, confusing!, than ever. The changes between January 20th and now feel like a jump, a jump into something we’ve never experienced before, as women, as women working towards a better world.
On January 20th, the largest mass movement of dissent was lead by women across the country and across the world. Groups have grown up all over the country giving women space to create, express, and discuss the challenges facing not just women, but poor people, people of color, and immigrants.
These changes have driven WonderRoot to look at the scope of our work, the scope of our idea of social change, and today gives us pause to look at the women who are doing the work we believe in uplifting.
Reported in Vogue last night was the following excerpt in an article on how men can support the General Women’s Strike today:
This is the world we can envision, and the world we will continue to work for.
But, Atlanta, we have a lot of work to do for women in our city.
Women in Atlanta face these (few among many) hurdles:
As of 2012 44% of women in jail were black. 66% of all men were black. Georgia’s black population in total is 31%.
The ever rising increase in the prison population is especially alarming when most of that growth comes from women and teens.
In the fall we worked with Ashley Hunt &, SnAP Co, Southerners on New Ground and Atlanta for Abolition on a series called Degrees of Visibility.
Ashley’s photographs are haunting and disturbing, the nefarious architecture holding our fellow Americans behind bars in harsh, nondescriptive buildings meant to erase them from our sight, our dialogue, our nation.
WonderRoot also started the Percolate
initiative which paired artists and activists to meet up and talk about their actions and intentions and how these partnerships can work to reduce the disparity of racial outcomes in the City of Atlanta. Phase II begins this spring.
The City of Atlanta was also selected by the Safety + Justice Challenge
(MacArthur) to receive a grant to expand techniques and systems to #rethinkjails. We want Atlanta women and their unique relationships with jail to be at the table for these outcomes.
Women in Health:
Organizations like The Feminist Health Center
and Sister Song
lead the way for minority-focused and holistic healthcare in the city of Atlanta. The fight for better health outcomes is a human right, not just the right of a few.
On April 1st
in conjunction with our Gathering
programming, we will be hosting a potluck and film screening with The Feminist Health Center. We will be screening The Way of All Flesh
, a documentary on Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cells created the ‘immortal’ HeLa line that has been used in scientific research since 1951. More reading about Henrietta Lacks is included in this months Syllabus.
On April 8th, we will host a Wellness day to Heal, Power and support.
From 11-5pm we will create an inclusionary space for cis women, trans women, nonbinary and nongender-conforming people to receive healing, information, and support to be your healthiest, most vibrant self.
Women in Art
While writing the rough draft of this piece, this image was all over the news.
We reject the use of our oppression to create art that encourages the exploitation, degradation, and harm of women. The future is female, and the future is one that gives truth to the Rights of the Child, gives weight to #BlackLivesMatter, strength to our LGBTQIA friends, gives power the right of Safe Passage, and Ladies, Women, and G*rls at the front. Solidarity with all those fighting with us across the world.
March 5th 2017 was Rosa Luxemburg’s 146th birthday. Rosa was a radical anti war activist, feminist, economist, and teacher. In honor of her, her message of strength and resistance, political activism, and work for all the common women, her last words ;
Tomorrow the revolution will “rise up again, clashing its weapons,” and to your horror, it will proclaim with trumpets blazing: I was, I am, I shall be!
– WR Staff Wom*n, International Working Women’s Day 2017
With extra special thanks to;
everyone listed in this song