Photograph of Svitlana with Gilda with the Minneapolis Skyline in the background.

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Living Into the Mary’s Pence Story: Farewell From Svitlana

Groups of women working together do have a lot of power. Yet every group is as strong as the individuals that comprise it. I felt embraced and encouraged in my work at Mary’s Pence, and I am grateful for every single one of my coworkers.

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Photograph of Kaye Cassidy.

Community

Meet Mary’s Pence – Kaye Cassidy

An ethic of obligation asks the question “what do we owe the poor and marginalized?” while an ethic of love asks “what do we want for the poor because they are beloved children of God and my sisters and brothers?” An ethic of obligation has limits, an ethic of love knows no boundaries.

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Photograph of Chris Thomas holding a green fiber art mask called Forest Woman.

Community

Fiber Art for Mary’s Pence

The idea of empowering women appealed to me since they are so often the powerless in their families and communities. Young girls who see their mothers achieving some financial autonomy are more likely to receive an education and grow into strong and resourceful women themselves.

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Photograph of Consilia Karli.

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A “Soul-ution” For Superfluous Stuff

Like most folks in the USA, my siblings and I have been fortunate and complicit in having surplus and superfluous stuff in our homes. We have each begun to notice a lack of storage for all that stuff we have accumulated. As a “soul-ution” to our problem we made a pact a few years ago.

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Old photograph of women dressed in victorian clothing, posing in two rows..

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A Tea Party Legacy

Patricia is compelled to use her art to protect civil rights, and particularly women’s human rights. “I was taught by example that when you see an injustice, you do something to try to make it right,” says Patricia.

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Photograph of three white crosses with names of victims on them leaning against the US/Mexico border.

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“The desert is hot, but we are the rain”

Last month, Mary’s Pence connected with supporters at the annual SOA Watch Vigil and Convergence. In the shadow of the border (quite literally), the gathering brought up many questions about the plight of refugees and migrants escaping severe hardship in their home countries.

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Photograph of four women on a rooftop with the Minneapolis skyline in the background.

Community

Taylor Says Goodbye

As I turn to go, I am struck by the enduring compassion and fiery passion everyone who’s involved in Mary’s Pence holds for the work and the women. Communities of women in working solidarity with one another, this is Mary’s Pence, and this is bigger than any one of us.

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Photograph of hree women with arms around each other at the 30th anniversary of Mary's Pence event.

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Meet Mary’s Pence: Maggie

Solidarity promotes the recognition of ourselves and others as significant individuals who are part of the human family. This principle disapproves of violence against others and instead stands for peace and the common good.

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Photograph of Mary's Pence executive director with a variety of grantees.

Community

What I learned about Mary’s Pence in Kansas City

I have always wondered just how much of an impact our small project grants (c. $4,000) actually make. So I asked both Kim and Kris what difference their grants made. Kris immediately began listing all the things that our $4,000 helped to cover for The Justice Project on a day-to-day basis.

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Inching Toward Courage: A Book Review of In the Time of the Butterflies

Alvarez doesn’t portray the sisters as martyrs on pedestals, their courage untouched by the trivia and struggles of daily life. Under Alvarez’s hands, the Mirabal sisters behave like real people. They are women in love, women raising families in less-than-ideal circumstances, women who make mistakes and disagree and do the work that must be done.

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