The #nbam has an exhibit going on until January 8th called “Global Voices for Social Justice Art
as Activism” and I strongly encourage people go and take a look as it is important and incredibly relevant. When I saw these pins I broke a bit (all over again.) I found it crazy, almost unbelievable that these old rusted pins were still so relevant. That all of those rights being marched for and fought for in the 80’s are the same rights that many of us are still working for. Yes, things have gotten better, but these issues are still such a huge conflict and have yet to be resolved. These pins’ from Lee Blake’s collection made me feel less afraid of the years to come, instead they proved that we have been strong for so long and will continue to be.
While I’ve seen so many people saying the “millennial’s” need to stop whining, get jobs and get over it, I know that’s not what this is about. At all. This is our future, our rights. Go ahead and call us “precious snowflakes” and say that “liberal snowflakes are melting in the streets as the protest.” We don’t care, the point is that we are being heard! Women’s protests have been happening since 1913, African American civil rights movements since 1954, LGBT since 1959, and many more. Protesting, rallying, and marching are not “new things brought on by the snowflakes, and nasty women from this new generation, they have always been here and until we are heard they’ll continue to go on. “So go out there and do what you’re gonna do.” #civilrights #pins #newbedford #hillaryclinton #lgbt #equalrights #socialjustice #election2016 #dumptrump #protest #rally #strong #millionwomenmarch #blacklivesmatter #leeblake #racism #prochoice #feminism