My Country 'Tis of Me - My Grandma's American Dream
My grandmother was descended from the Delano family that financed the original Mayflower voyage. It is through her that I can be part of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She grew up in the North Woods in Minnesota, daughter of a woodsman/sawmill owner who taught her how to walk around “bears and sleeping Indians”. Grandma’s mother died tragically and, at the age of 5, she was sent to Kalamazoo Michigan to live with her grandmother. In her new life, she was part of the women’s movement thanks to her activist grandmother who brought her to every parade and protest, embedding the belief in equal opportunity into her life story. She resigned the Daughters of the American Revolution over the Vietnam War, took a job as a teacher and traveled the world. She laughed about fighting with a guard over her camera at the Berlin Wall and always reminded us that we had a voice…and that it was perfectly fine to use it to ask for ice cream at breakfast. This how she expressed her American dream.
Not for the first time, America is at a cultural and economic crossroads. Historically, in times like these, women have stepped into the story and used their talents to strengthen the local economy, providing stability & security in uncertain times.
In the American Revolution, women became part of the Homespun Movement in which they committed to promoted American industry, simplicity, and democracy as opposed to British luxury and corruption.
This 'craftivism' was revitalized post-9/11 as a way to reclaim old-fashioned skills to reconnect people to their neighbors and promote local sustainability to achieve independence from economic practices that extract wealth from the community. (Source: Knitting as Dissent: Female Resistance in America Since the Revolutionary War)
Since the recent election, a whole group comprised of multiple generations of women has emerged, ready to are bring their talents and visions forward to create communities of shared well-being in which we all want to root and grow.
I propose that the members of this (r)Evolution be known as the 'Weavers of What's Next'. No physical weaving skills are required; however, these elements are vital as we weave together the fabric of community:
It feels good to pick up the pieces of women's work that have been undervalued for far too long and get to the work of weaving what's next...together.
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