Let’s honor Winona LaDuke, an American environmentalist, economist, and writer, known for being the leading indigenous voice on the fight against climate change. She participated in the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016, in which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe opposed the construction of an oil pipeline that threatened the area’s drinking water and sacred land. LaDuke has voiced the need to listen to the perspectives of indigenous women related to fighting climate change.
“We realize that indigenous people in industrial society have always been and will always be in a relationship of war, because industrial society has declared war on indigenous peoples, on land based peoples.”Winona LaDuke
Let’s honor Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian writer who is known for being one of the most prominent authors in the modern day feminist movement. Some of her most well-known pieces, Americanah, We Should All Be Feminists, and A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, have been vital in advocating for women’s rights and representing African culture.
“Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change, but in addition to being angry, I’m also hopeful because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to make and remake themselves for the better.”Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Let’s honor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, the youngest woman ever to serve in the US Congress. She became nationally recognized when she defeated 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley for his House of Representatives seat in New York’s 14th district during the 2018 midterm elections. AOC’s progressive politics and fierce confidence on the House floor have helped invigorate a new generation of voters.
“I don’t think any person in America should die because they are too poor to live.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez