Tewa Women United
In all of these programs that we have dedicated our heart work to, we have been questioned about serving the rest of the community – not just Tewa Women – because the work is so important. The answer to that is: WE DO. We’ve always been a multicultural, multiracial organization.
Emily Rapp Black
I’m not going to become some glorious bird flying over the ashes. I have one wing and my beak is messed up and I have one eye. That is resilience, going on even when it looks like you can’t do it anymore. It’s not a will-based thing; that’s what it is to be alive: to want to live.
If we’re together, and if we’re following the lead of women and people of color – particularly women of color and gender-nonconforming folks of color – if you follow our lead, we can create that change.
Every single day really is a new wheelhouse. I always say: I’m not a photographer; I’m not a writer; I didn’t go to school to become a documentarian; I’m not filmmaker; and I’m not a grant writer. But I am all of those things, because I wrote my own permission slip.
Only work for people you can respect. People who are on the same page, together, can accomplish big things.
Don’t try to be just two of those. You need to be all three. You need to be fast, you need to be nice, and you need to be good. I know now, just being fast and nice is not enough.
I am going to work very hard to make sure that everybody gets an opportunity to succeed, not just the folks who are privileged.
Personally, I do this for the future of my children; but business wise, this is about the community. People say that loosely, and I try not to say “it’s about community” – because it can sound forced or lame – but it’s really what drives me.