By Moira Bowman, Movement Building Director
A couple of weeks ago, my coworker Amanda and I were in New Mexico to support Women Building Community, a collaboration of 12 women of color led organizations who are bringing together diverse communities, strategies and leaders to create a unique model of change that is by and for the communities of New Mexico.
Being in an unfamiliar place provided us the opportunity to explore and remember some of the elements of deep and lasting change.
Putting our stories and families at the core of the change we seek. We attended a gathering to increase support for Women Building Community through individual donors. The importance of giving was made plain by the weaving together of the stories of the sisters, mothers, aunts and grandmothers sitting together in the backyard under the stars. It was obvious to all that supporting Women Building Community was just another way of keeping our families strong through generations.
Without overlooking the rural/urban divide, simplifying the differences between coastal states and interior states, or glossing over the challenges that this collaboration faces moving forward, I want to thank the Women Building Community for chance they gave Amanda and I to remember the familiar through the unfamiliar.
For more information: Contact Young Women United or the New Mexico Community Fund