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Nine women who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for social justice—movement leaders, organizers, and cultural workers—tell their life stories in their own words. Sharing their most vulnerable and affirming moments, they talk about the origins of their political awakenings, their struggles and aspirations, insights and victories, and what it is that keeps them going in the fight for a better world, filled with justice, hope, love and joy.
Featuring Malkia Devich-Cyril, Priscilla Gonzalez, Terese Howard, Hilary Moore, Vanessa Nosie, Roz Pelles, Loretta Ross, Yomara Velez, and Betty Yu.
MODERATOR: Hilary Moore is an organizer, educator and author who works within an anti-racist framework that links movements to abolish the police and the military with environmental justice, racial justice, and anti-imperialist struggles in the U.S. and internationally. She draws connections between eco-fascism, white supremacy, policing, the military, and surveillance that forecasts many of the dynamics we see today. In her Women Who Change the World oral history, Hilary reflects on the process of her own political development and explores the meaning of belonging, creating community and connection. She describes the importance of mentorship and the role of storytelling as a way to build connection, leadership, and movement
Catherine (“Cate”) Fosl, MSW, PhD, is a historian by training who has written extensively on U.S. social justice movements of the 20th century, inspired by her own involvement in under-recognized peace and justice movements of the 1980s. Fosl was founding director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research at the University of Louisville, where she is also an emerita professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Lindsay Shelden is an activist, actor, and professional quilt maker living in Louisville, KY. Her work with Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ) includes organizing around cash bail abolition, campaigning for political figure Attica Scott, and fighting for LGBT+ rights in the local school system. She works to bring history to life through improv theater at a local historic home Locust Grove in an effort to help guests reckon with the ways in which our past still impacts our present.
Shameka Parrish-Wright is the Executive Director of VOCAL-KY – a newly launched organization dedicated to ending AIDS, the drug war, mass incarceration and homelessness by building the political power of people directly impacted by those issues. All of her work is dedicated to ending racist practices and dismantling poverty. Shameka is now the Democratic Nominee for the Special Election on November 7, 2023 for the legislative body of The Louisville Metro Council, District 3.
Honorable Attica Woodson Scott is deeply rooted in building healthy and safe communities. Attica is the Director of Special Projects (since 2021) at Forward Justice Action Network, a 501c4 organization that serves as a strategic partner for coalitions, networks, and nonprofits at the forefront of movements organizing for a more equitable, free, and just South. Attica served for three terms (2017-2022) as a State Representative and in 2022 was the only democratic woman in Kentucky to run for the US House of Representatives.
Nine women who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for social justice--movement leaders, organizers, and cultural workers--tell their life stories in their own words.