Notes from the Editor
Ready, Set, Relaunch. A Step Forward and an Issue.
Is it just me, or did 2018 almost of kick your butt? From hurricane after hurricane (yes, Puerto Rico is a part of the U.S.), Flint water still undrinkable, voter suppression in the Georgia governor race, immigrant families separated at the border, to the four Black mothers more likely to die in childbirth compared to their one white counterpart.
Yet we persisted and resisted and 2018 gave us #MeToo (which was created by activist, Tarana Burke in 2006), Ayanna Pressley, Sharice Davids, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (three political Graces), The New York State Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) (S.8005 / A.10342) and much more. In August when I revisited the idea to formally take The Homesteadista to the next level, an actual non-profit media organization serving marginalized communities, I considered the various wins and losses I and the organization might encounter. And then I took a big step forward. And here we, you and me, are today. I'm looking forward to sharing 2019 with you.
WHO WE ARE IN THIS SPACE
As a former humanities educator and diversity practitioner, I've planned many units and workshops examining global concepts of self, identity, family, and community. Regardless of the age or nationality of students - ranging from K through adult learners from the US to India, the conversation inevitably turns, age-appropriately, to beliefs and values, and how those principles translate into ideas personal, mental, social and physical health. Everyone has a sense of who they are in their family, school, workplace and neighborhood, yet not everyone has a sense of how they choose to occupy that space has tremendous impact on others.
For marginalized women and girls, the urban landscape can be an unfriendly terrain. Who they are within that environment is often dictated by the rights they are denied and the responsibilities others avoid. But what do we mean when we say "environment"? In this 1.2019 relaunch Issue, we'll look specifically at the multiple levels of environment (nature and human-made) and how they intersect with each other as well as gender, racial and socio-economic factors. Within this space, marginalized women are vocal, visible and vital members.