This year has been a hard pill to swallow as Americans are forced to watch our country be ran and transformed by an unqualified, incompetent racist with only one goal in mind - dividing this nation to benefit the rich and privileged. When we sat down to decide what our next issue would focus on in light of these times of unbearable media intake, only one word came to mind - Change. And for several reasons.
We’re watching our environment change at a rapid pace. Immigrant children are being ripped apart from their families only to be placed in cages and defend themselves in court. The United States is now the only country not involved in the Paris Climate Agreement, solidifying the GOP’s denial of climate change. The FCC has abolished net neutrality which gives the government the power to control what information we intake. Women’s rights have been threatened through the defunding of services like Planned Parenthood. Black and brown lives are being targeted and killed statewide by poorly trained and unqualified officials. Puerto Rico is still recovering from a natural disaster that occurred nearly 6 months ago with essentially no assistance from their their mother country, oh wait I forgot about those paper towels! Thanks 45! Unfortunately, the list goes on and we become more desperate for change.
It’s the these “Ladies of Change” that keep us motivated and striving for reform. These selected women are using their art and voices to create waves for the better. Such as, Lauren O’Brien who created “Pauline Juliet” in 2013 at the age of 16. PJ is an organization which helps fund education for girls in Uganda along with other necessities. Rosa Colon founded Soda Pop Comics, which is the first all female comic collective in Puerto Rico. Through her work she focuses on raising awareness to various political issues within Puerto Rico. Vanessa Teran Collantes spent time with the people of the Kichwa immigrant community, photographing their culture, which has been directly impacted by colonization. Keep reading to get to know more about what these powerful women and more like them!
Thanks again for your support and I hope you enjoy “Ladies of Change”!