In May of this year, I talked to Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women With A Vision in New Orleans about her approach to organizing. WWAV scored a significant grassroots legal and political victory in the last year with the NO Justice campaign, which removed hundreds of cis and trans women from Louisiana’s registered felony sexual offender rolls. Deon is a longtime activist in the city of New Orleans, with a history of organizing low-income women of color around reproductive justice, harm reduction, and human rights.
...We are not all in the same boat. And if we keep playing like we are, we’re not really going to make the kind of change we’d like to see. Because the women I work with are never going to be able to jump into the sex workers’ rights movement. They don’t feel like that movement is for them.
April 9 is Equal Pay Day--a reminder that women workers still make less than their male counterparts. Around this time of year, my university's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance usually holds a Pay Equity Bake Sale to highlight the wage disparities between men and women. The price of each baked good varies by customer to reflect the wage gap. In the United States, women make about $0.77 for every $1 earned by male colleagues; therefore, female students pay $0.77 for a brownie while male students pay $1. Some people love this event, others hate it. What I have always liked about the bake sale is that it not only reflects wage differences between sexes, but races as well.
from Robert Shepherd: "Today is LBJ's birthday. August 27 .... What a Team these two turned out to be LBJ & MLK. Sometimes they seemed allies, sometimes they seemed "enemies" (at least in public). This photo was taken immediately following passage of the Voting Rights Act. Somehow this president got it passed "against all odds." He made sure Dr. King shared the moment. (And the honor)"
"Please do everything in your power to make sure Congress passes a new preclearance formula and makes sure the Voting Rights Act continues to be an important and effective tool in protecting the right to vote."