Thai El Monte Garment Workers, Thai CDC’s exhibition currently featured at the Museum of Social Justice, tells the stories of garment workers released from slavery in 1995 in El Monte, California. They are stories of fear, trauma, and systematic dehumanization. They are also stories of hope and resilience as the liberated workers not only recover their own humanity, but also become powerful advocates for others in similar circumstances. Stories of hope and resilience are exactly what we need to hear right now. These stories encourage us to continue working for change in our communities. The Museum’s mission is to tell the neglected stories of the diverse people of Los Angeles. By showcasing the history of social movements from the perspective of marginalized groups, we highlight stories of hope and resilience that inspire visitors to engage with whatever social justice struggles are relevant to them and advocate for change.
In the midst of the current culture of unabashed racism in the U.S., we have also seen record turnout at racial justice protests. In the current environment of attacks on science, we have also seen grass-roots support for healthcare workers, epidemiologists, and others fighting the pandemic. In the midst of persistent and worsening economic inequality in the U.S., we have discovered the heroic work of grocery store clerks, mail carriers, and others that used to be invisible. Let us focus on stories of hope and resilience in the months ahead. These stories offer lessons for our time, as well as the assurance that struggle can transform the world. I believe in the power of stories to inspire and to seed change. Because of this, I believe in the work of the Museum of Social Justice. Please join me in supporting the work of the Museum with a year-end gift. Your gift will enable us to continue telling stories of hope that inspire change.
Thank you for all you do to support a more just society!