February 12, 2018, 6:30 PM at the Washtenaw County Democratic Party Office
70% of the people currently living in poverty in the United States of America are women and children. A disproportionate amount of these women and children are minority group members. (Estimated demographics include: African American: 26% Latina 24% Native Women: 22% Children: 22-23%.) Because intersections between our identities exists, there are no “one size fits all” solutions. We must understand that intersections are not bad, and they are not a trendy new liberal term. The terms “Intersections” or “Intersectionality” accurately display the layers of their existence and how these individual pieces create the whole picture.
Intersectionality is defined as, the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage. Through an examination of local policy and advocacy we will discuss how we express out awareness of intersectionality.
“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”
― James Baldwin