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Wanagri Maathai - Rodriguez 1 WRT 101 Summer 2010 Dr Susan San Jule Itzel Rodriguez July 5 2010 Fighting for the Right Every time I walk into a

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Rodriguez 1 WRT 101 Summer 2010 Dr. Susan San Jule Itzel Rodriguez July 5, 2010 Fighting for the Right Every time I walk into a room full of women it brings me joy. We have come a long way from the time we were all forced to be homemakers and not allowed to socialize. Look at us now; many women have come together today to fight for our rights. My name is Itzel, and I come before you to talk about some of the issues we are facing and how we can solve them. Many of you come here because you are angry at the government. They have been destroying our land and not giving us the rights we deserve. Yes, you have a right to be angry and fight back, but there’s a proper way to fight injustice. I am a member of the Green Belt Movement and for many years, this organization, has been fighting these same issues that concern you. When I say fight, I don’t mean with violence; on the contrary, we fight by using non-violent civil disobedience. We protest by walking, chanting, singing, and writing letters. You might be skeptical and say that you can’t win anything without violence, but I come here to tell you that you can. In the movie Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai , directed by Merton and Dator in 2004, you can see how the Green Belt Movement protests with non-violent civil disobedience against the government tyranny in many different occasions. With the help of our great leader, Wangari Maathai, we have been able to fight our prejudice government through nonviolent civil disobedience. “Nonviolent resistance is not aimed against oppressors but against oppression (King).” We are not here to fight the government; instead, we are fighting the injustices the government has created. If we use violence to fight our problems, we are just as bad as the government.
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Rodriguez 2 Nothing is won through violence because rather than receiving their understanding; instead, they will be threaten and we will receive their hatred. This will bring us further away from solving our problems. With nonviolent civil disobedience we are standing up for what’s right. In contrast to violence, it gives us a chance to come to an understanding with our oppressors and that gives us the opportunity to change our situation (King). In Kenya every birth of the child is very special not only to the family but to nature as well. When Wangari Maathai was born, she was seen as a child of the soil. When a child was born, the women would go to their farm and would get many fruits and a fat lamb and all of it was given to the mother. The mother would then chew the food and pass it on to her baby, as birds do. They see it as introducing you to the land. They gave you the fruits and food of the land as a welcome to this world of plenty. It’s a feeling of contentment; a feeling that you are one with the land. The world of Maathai’s childhood was one full of love, laughter, rituals, and nature. One of her fondest moments as a child was listening to the many stories generations after
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Wanagri Maathai - Rodriguez 1 WRT 101 Summer 2010 Dr Susan San Jule Itzel Rodriguez July 5 2010 Fighting for the Right Every time I walk into a

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