Each week throughout Black History Month we will profile a different member from across the country, highlighting their activist contributions and those who inspired them.
Week 1: Shereta Bowers (local 1106) Kitchener, ON
Activism is important to me, because there is always work to be done and big shoes to fill. I am standing on the shoulders of activists who have worked tirelessly to make improvements in the areas of racial injustice and inequality. These issues disproportionately impact people of colour.
My activism is for the next generation. It’s about reaching new heights and confronting the problems of today to make tomorrow better. I have a responsibility to leave this world a better place for my grandchildren.
The most important rally I have been, a part of would be the Women’s March. That march gave women the courage to stand up to the powerful people and systems that have taken advantage of women for decades . The #MeToo movement was born to give a voice to the voiceless.
Black activists should get involved with the Black Lives Matter Movement as this movement takes on police brutality, racial injustice and the justice system. These issues are important to address as they have a far greater impact on the lives of black and brown people, impacting the dynamics of families. This cycle has gone on for far too long and needs to be broken.