Thank you all -you who have subscribed- for bringing to the site your experience, your value to the conversation of who women and the men who live with them are and the passage of women through these years of change. This site and the book in process are all about my gratitude to the women and men who brought to the world the value of the freedom and dignity of all people. If you view this site and come to a better understanding and appreciation of the women in your life, then you contribute by your presence to this conversation.
It goes without saying and yet it must be said that women and men have come along together in the past fifty years, transforming how we live and what is important given our freedom to choose our identities, our function and our impact on the world. There is more to go, for sure. Miles and miles. While the groundwork has changed dynamically altering the course of our mother’s and grandmother’s history, even so each generation takes the understanding further and deeper into the psyche of how we understand ourselves and each other. We bring a context of feminism-seeking equality into the courts of law and congress -even as women’s rights continue to be attacked.
We – us human beings- men or women have the challenge of passing forward the advances we have been handed by the generation who sought and found a way to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness through personal and social liberation honoring and trusting ourselves and each other.
For all this, and for your company on the road, I thank you and the opportunity every day presents to fulfill our hopes and dreams for ourselves, for our families, our communities and for those who struggle with oppression and constraints to their every day liberties to expressing their lives as they desire.
Sore is the condition of our hearts as we watch Ferguson unfold. Brings back the confusion and chaos of the civil rights movement of Watts and the streets of New York where the sense of the loss with just the barest potential of redemption is painful. But we moved on, it got better for African Americans and for all of us really these forty years. We are pressed again to look where we don’t want to look and feel what has us recoil with the knowledge of the miscarriage of justice and the sinister mechanism holding it all in place. We will continue. We will find our way through. But just like the 60’s, we can’t see how or when. Looping back to pick up the policies and people left behind is where we must look for the tomorrow that surely will come. It is we who see the group excluded from a place at the table who must demand the changes necessary so that young men of color, and the women whose hearts have been broken over and over again know we are here. WE are here.