This week a Senator from Massachusetts was censored for attempting to read a letter from Civil Rights icon Coretta Scott King about the nominee to serve as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.
In the words of Mitch McConnell, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” By invoking a little known Senate rule, they silenced Elizabeth Warren from making any further statements on the matter.
Democrats came up after her and read the letter as a show of support.
Has anyone ever told you were “too much?” How did it make you feel? Now that we are living in a state of perpetual gaslighting, nothing really comes as a surprise.
Which begs the question, how do you use your voice in these times? Do you shy away when you are asked to stop talking? Do you keep talking even when you are afraid? Are you willing to use your voice to help another person?
This week’s photos are dedicated to people who used their voice and their bodies to speak out for themselves and their communities.
We exist and persist.
“I’d rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I said.”
Ida B. Wells–Suffragette, Journalist, Civil Rights Activist, Feminist
“Why do we have to be polite to people who are making racist statements at the table or making sexist comments? You have to call them on it, because when you do that, you are also educating them in the process so that they can stop that kind of behavior.”
Dolores Huerta–American labor leader, civil rights activist, Feminist
“We need to stop being fearful of talking about ourselves.”
Patrisse Cullors–Co-Founder of #blacklivesmatter