Persist to Resist – 11Mar24

The State of Biden is Strong.. Biden doesn’t hold back in front of the GOP Congress and even.. “with all due respect” (i.e. NONE!) the Supreme Court sitting in the front row.. A Stepford wife gives the GOP response, with a poor audition for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’..

Fresh off a win in Vermont, Haley drops out of the primary race in time for International Women’s Day.. So.. now a rematch of 2020 is set. Women will rise up and show the patriarchy who’s boss..

Beloved by Toni Morrison book cover

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened.

Sethe is haunted by the ghost of her deceased baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with the single word: Beloved.

Set after the Civil War, Beloved tells the story of a dysfunctional family whose home is haunted by a malevolent spirit.

Morrison’s main inspiration for the novel was an account in an 1856 newspaper article in the American Baptist.

Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Oprah Winfrey starred in the movie adaptation in 1998.

GD Anderson

G.D. Anderson is the pseudonym for Geena Dunne (born 1993), an Australian feminist writer and founder of The Cova Project.

On a two-week volunteer program in Namibia, Dunne assisted a medical clinic that provided free healthcare. Dunne noticed female sanitation items were sold separately and women often could not afford to buy more than one pad per menstrual cycle. This sparked her passion for ending period poverty, which would lead to her founding The Cova Project charity.

In 2013 Dunne began work on a novel under the pseudonym ‘G.D Anderson’ and quickly fell into essay writing. She published an essay in which she wrote the now-famous quote.

On International Women’s Day in 2014, after being quoted on several websites, the powerful statement went viral. Since then, several public figures have been inspired by Anderson’s quote, and it has appeared during the Women’s Marches since 2016.

Midwifery care is holistic, healing, and humanistic.

SBJN’s vision is to make midwifery care accessible to all people. Especially Black, Brown, youth, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ+, low- income and other marginalized communities.

Hence, their mission is to use story telling, popular education, and community organizing to improve access to midwifery and doula care.

Advocacy: SBJN organizes midwives at the national level and supports the various needs and interests of Black birthing people.

Education: SBJN offers educational training in a variety of areas related to birth justice.

Doula Training: SBJN also offers a 1-year doula certification training program.

BirthTrak App Launch: In partnership with the Florida Department of Health, SBJN launched the first pregnancy and birth preparation app in Miami-Dade county. BirthTrak identifies key elements impacting birth outcomes and helps pregnant people set and obtain health and wellness goals.

Hence the app is a free resource to promote preventative health practices in families impacted by disparities in maternal health.

Congresswoman Lucy McBath dodges redistricting woes to keep her seat in the House. Now she faces a democratic primary challenger.

In 2012, Lucy’s son was senselessly shot and killed at a gas station in Florida by a man who objected to the music Jordan was playing in his car.

Thus, Lucy spoke out after the murder of her son. She demanded the clergy, our politicians, and other elected leaders do more to stop the senseless gun violence in America. She traveled throughout the country speaking for ‘Everytown for Gun Safety’ and ‘Moms Demand Action’.

After the tragic shooting in Parkland, Lucy decided she would run for office. McBath first ran for the House of Representatives in 2018 in GA-06, and has since had to switch districts due to redistricting in 2020.

Lucy’s work in Congress has focused on working across the aisle and passing laws to help our children and families. She is proud to have worked on numerous pieces of legislation which passed the House.

For example, bills to require universal background checks for all gun sales and Red Flag Laws to limit access to firearms for those who are potentially dangerous.

This is why we can’t have nice things..

It’s fitting that a U.S. Senator from the state that brought us the original Dobbs legislation blocks IVF protections across the country..

Not surprisingly, after the debacle in Alabama, Senator Tammy Duckworth proposed a bill to protect IVF quickly for unanimous consent. However, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith blocked the legislation with her lone “no” vote.

Meanwhile, abortion is illegal in Mississippi unless the life of the mother is at risk or in reported cases of rape.

The process to put an abortion initiative on the ballot is practically impossible due to bureaucracy.

Accordingly, the Mississippi House recently passed a ballot initiative resolution, which if passed by the Senate, would give voters a ballot initiative process for the first time in three years. However, the current version of the bill does not allow changes to abortion laws, or constitutional amendments.

Volunteer to support women with Women Helping Women (WHW).

Support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking! Also, become an active part of the movement to end gender-based violence!

At WHW, many of their key services depend upon dedicated volunteers. They provide thorough training, and support to volunteers so that they feel confident in their work.

While their services are in Ohio, you don’t have to live in the state for their remote volunteer opportunities.

Hotline Advocate: Volunteer to answer calls and provide crisis intervention on their 24-Hour Hotline anytime Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm.

Text/Chat Advocate: Volunteer to help run their 24/7 text and chat line for survivors. Help connect survivors to resources, safety plan, and provide crisis interventions through our text/chat system. (This remote position requires a working computer and stable internet access).

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