On Thursday, March 29, Camden Women held a rally for Unity at City Hall. SJWPC board member and Camden resident Sue Altman was invited to speak at the rally. The following is the text of her speech. You can watch the speech here.
Hi Everyone, my name is Sue Altman. I am a Camden resident, over there in Cooper Grant— and we’ll get back to that— and I’m on the board of South Jersey Women for Progressive Change. We are the little table over there doing voter registration.
I am honored and humbled to be here, with you, the incredible women of Camden. And thank you to the organizers, who had the vision, the energy and the power and confidence to put this amazing day together.
As women, we do share the common experience of sexism. But, women of color fight a two-front war each and every day. On one hand, they are blasted with sexism; on the other hand, it's racism. And white women need to do better. It’s on us! It’s on us! To fix this and dismantle this. Enough is enough.
In history, and even up to today, even in the modern era, down to this very moment, white women, and women with greater privilege: the rich, the able-bodied, have thrown our sisters of color under the bus on the way to our own false liberation. But not anymore! Not in South Jersey- NOT anymore!
We have some of the most segregated places in the country are right here in South Jersey. And it’s enough. ENOUGH. We are not free until all are free, and other women have said that today. Today marks a change.
In Camden it is no longer ok to focus all the attention, all the investment, on the downtown area where I live...Which also is the whitest area in Camden. We can’t do that anymore at the expense of our East Camdens, at the expense of our Parksides, at the expense of our Waterfront Souths, our North Camdens.
Y’all have been there first— i’m just an implant!
From today, when Camden rises, we rise together. When South Jersey rises, we rise TOGETHER. As women, we rise, we rise together.
There are barriers coming down, and walls are finally falling: Between suburbanites who have been taught to fear and avoid Camden, and the brilliant, talented, smart, resilient women of Camden who put this together today. Look around, we will rise together.
Divide and conquer will work no more.
When Camden rises it will rise for all women of this great city.
When we rise, we will leave NO WOMAN BEHIND!
Watch Sue's speech here.
For more information about Camden's Feminist Collective and the Women's Unity movement in Camden, please attend their next meeting on April 26, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Riletta Twyne Cream Library.