“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.” — Maya Angelou
That quote is one of those wake-up-and-stay-woke messages of inspiration that beautifully encapsulates women on the front lines. And this week on Act Out, that’s our focus. Starting ahead of the curve from International Women’s Day, we discuss an event happening in Selma, Alabama. The Sisters in Synergy action will march with the annual Selma commemoration in an action that seeks to highlight not only the continued fight for racial justice in this country but the role of black women in that fight and many others for freedom and justice. Often present but rarely acknowledged, black women will lead this march and ask allies to join with them, but not to stand in front of them.
The Sisters in Synergy organization is also concerned with community organizing, particularly around Ubuntu Principles. We’ll dive into what that means and why you should get into Ubuntu. Next up, let’s talk International Women’s Day and why that day is WAY out of sync with reality. However, we can use that to our advantage – if we get real and get to organizing in our own communities. Another large scale general strike is planned, which, if you remember from episode 100, represents just one day off. Again, if we use that day wisely – to build, to fight, to get uncomfortable and to become ungovernable – it will be a day off well spent. Finally, Mohawk professor and filmmaker Paulette Moore sits down with us to discuss her latest documentary, "The Spirit of Standing Rock."