Women play a huge role in shaping our communities, our nation, and our world. But their work—especially the work of women of color—is often overlooked. With the goal of lifting the voices and achievements of women who are working on the front lines of today’s most pressing issues, Shelterforce and Community Change released a four-part video series, Women of Color on the Front Lines, late last year.
March being Women’s History Month—an ideal time to celebrate the brave, bold, and thoughtful women who are influencing history—Shelterforce and Community Change have decided to continue that series this year, and every year in March.
Above, you’ll hear from Omari Ho-Sang, the founder of All Streets All People in Louisiana, and the state organizing manager for the Black Voters Matter Fund. Ho-Sang is a single mother who, after spending years organizing for others, realized that she too was experiencing housing insecurity.
“I always felt like the advocate and the organizer, but never the advocated for or the organized. I never felt like I was the impacted person.”
Ho-Sang also observed an uptick in systemic crime and poverty in her community.
“This frustration turned into an empowerment moment and helped me recognize the power of everyday people like myself being able to come together and programmatically, measurably make more change.”
Have you gone from advocating for others to advocating for yourself? Do you know a woman who has? Share your story in the comments below, or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I didn’t choose to live the life of an advocate, it chose me through my life experiences and after being displaced in Atlanta in 2020 due to gentrification? It has led me on the path of housing advocacy, as no one is going to save me other than myself and that whole experience of trying to find affordable housing in a pandemic almost broke me.