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Fwd: Liz Christy honored

  • Subject: [cg] Fwd: Liz Christy honored
  • From: adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 10:56:20 -0500


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Subject: Liz Christy honored


On October 15, 2005, Artmakers dedicated When Women Pursue Justice, its 3,300
square foot mural that celebrates 90 women who, often risking life and
liberty, have led or participated in movements for social change in the United
States. In vivid color, the 45' x 75' mural portrays 14 twentieth-century
movement leaders and 67 activists as well as 9 nineteenth-century "ancestors"
who inspired twentieth-century activism.

The mural honors Liz Christy, founder of the Green Guerillas and a major force
in the Community Gardening movement

When Women Pursue Justice is located at 498 Greene Avenue (corner Nostrand) in
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and is a significant addition to New York City's
cultural and social landscape. Established in 1983, Artmakers Inc. is an
artist-run, politically oriented, community mural organization that creates
high quality public art relevant to the lives and work of people in their

This mural about women was painted by women -- 13 professional woman artists
and 5 young interns (all from Brooklyn and art students at the High School for
Fashion Industries). In the spirit of full disclosure, a few men were among
the 30 volunteer artists and community residents who worked on the mural.

The dedication was attended by nearly 250 people, including 20 of the women
(or their representatives) who are depicted in the mural. High energy and joy
characterized the event, and everyone remarked on the beauty and the power of
the wall.

The dedication also signaled the transfer of the emotional ownership of the
mural from the artists to the community. If the artists saw something in their
work (a color, a shape) they would have done differently, guests concentrated
on the mural's honored women and spoke of those who had profound influence on
their lives. Neighborhood resident Trina Morris referred to the mural as "the
Great Wall of Brooklyn."

Among those who movingly spoke at the dedication ceremony were Lynn Paltrow,
executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and Democracy
Now's Amy Goodman. Respectively, they reminded those gathered that change
comes slowly in incremental steps and that continued activism assumes greater
importance when, as now, civil rights are at risk. Both women are featured
among the mural's activists.

In addition, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery and NYC Councilmember Letitia
James spoke, not in their roles as funders or politicians, but as individual
women who acknowledged a personal relationship to women in the mural and the
wall's significance for the community. Thomas Ballard, owner of 498 Greene
Avenue, commented how proud his family and neighbors were to host "this
beautiful mural that affirms, inspires and motivates."

Other featured activists in attendance were Joan Maynard, founder of
Bed-Stuy's Society for the Preservation of Weeksville (whose current director
Pamela Green also attended), and Charlene Mitchell, recently retired from
SSEU/Local 371 and co-founder of the National Alliance Against Racist and
Political Repression.

Additional activists on the wall were represented by members of their families
or the organizations they founded: Bella Abzug by her daughter Liz Abzug; Jane
Benedict by Jenny Laurie, executive director of Metropolitan Council on
Housing; Hattie Carthan by board members of the Bed-Stuy based Magnolia Tree
Earth Center; Liz Christy (founder of the Green Guerillas) by Lys McLaughlin,
executive director of CENYC which sponsors the Open Space Greening Program,
also developed by Christy; U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee by her cousin
Zenobia Lewis; Faith Ringgold by her daughter Barbara Wallace, and U.S.
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez by staff aide Evelyn Cruz.

Movement leader Audre Lorde, who fought against sexual discrimination and for
lesbian rights, was represented by her daughter Dr. Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins.
Movement leader Clara Lemlich, who led the 1909 shirtwaist workers strike and
was the first president of the ILGWU, was represented by her granddaughter
Jane Margules and great grandnephew Aaron Shneyer who met for the first time
at the dedication.

Kevin Yard, first cousin once removed of movement leader Shirley Chisholm (to
whom the mural is dedicated), cut the ribbon with mural designer/lead artist
Janet Braun-Reinitz and project director/artist Jane Weissman.

Artmakers is developing an exhibition based on When Women Pursue Justice. The
exhibition schedule is:

  Brooklyn Public Library (Central Branch/Youth Wing)
  February 1 - March 26, 2006

  St. Joseph's College, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn
  April 6 - 27, 2006

  Bread and Roses' Gallery 1199, Manhattan
  April 27 - May 31, 2006

Artmakers is also developing a 24-page illustrated booklet that will include
an essay placing the mural's women in the context of 20th century activism,
one-paragraph biographies of the women, a viewing guide to the mural,
suggested reading lists for children and adults, and a selection of the visual
material from the exhibition.


Leaders, Ancestors and Activists
Featured in When Women Pursue Justice


Shirley Chisholm (painted by Janet Braun-Reinitz, figure, and Kristi Pfister,
Angela Davis (Nina Lasky)
Dorothy Day (Kristi Pfister)
Betty Friedan/Gloria Steinem (Nina Talbot)
Guerrilla Girls (Rochelle Shicoff)
Fanny Lou Hamer (Kristin Reed)
Dolores Huerta (Maria Dominguez)
Emma Goldman (Leola Bermanzohn)
Clara Lemlich (Susan Togut)
Audre Lorde (Lucy Mahler)
Alice Paul (Lady Pink)
Margaret Sanger (Rikki Asher)
Wilma Mankiller (Tova Snyder)


Susan B. Anthony
Elizabeth Blackwell
Mother Jones
Lucretia Mott
Lucy Gonzalez Parsons
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Tubman
Victoria Woodhull


Bella Abzug
Jane Addams
Judy Baca
Joan Baez
Ella Baker
Jane Benedict
Mary McLeod Bethune
Harriot Stanton Blatch
Nellie Bly
Rachel Carson
Hattie Carthan
Liz Christy
Eva Cockcroft
Miriam Colon
Mary Daly
Carrie and Mary Dann
Ruby Dee
Marian Wright Edelman
Jocelyn Elders
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Amy Goodman
Uta Hagen
Gladys Harrington
Anita Hill
Cheri Honkala
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Jane Jacobs
Barbara Jordan
Florynce Kennedy
Billie Jean King
Yuri Kochiyama
Mathilde Krim
Maggie Kuhn
Barbara Lee
Lucy Lippard
Viola Liuzzo
Joan Maynard
Kate Millett
Charlene Mitchell
Diane Nash
Martina Navratilova
Alice Neel
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Kate O'Hare
Lynn Paltrow
Antonia Pantoja
Rosa Parks
Sr. Helen Prejean
Jeanette Rankin
Faith Ringgold
Eleanor Roosevelt
Marla Ruzicka
Augusta Savage
Betty Sahibs
Cindy Sheen
Karen Silkwood
Nina Simone
May Stevens
Mamie Till-Mobley
Rae Uzicker
Nydia Velazquez
Madam C. J. Walker
Sarah Weddington
Cora Weiss


Community Muralists

Janet Braun-Reinitz
372 DeKalb Avenue, #4A
Brooklyn, NY 11205
718 783 6082 phone/fax

Jane Weissman
78 Bank Street, #22
New York, NY 10014
212 989 3006 phone


Donald Loggins

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