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Earlier this week I noticed my friend Amy knitting this @p_ssyhatproject hat for her friend who's attending the @womensmarch in LA on Saturday. I asked her what her story was for the hat and she told me about her grandmother, Julienne, the woman who taught her to knit 25 years ago.
Julienne spent much of her life fighting for the rights of individuals who were mistakenly institutionalized because of mainstream society's unwillingness to take care of them. Her own sister suffered from a nervous disorder, much like social anxiety, and was placed in an institution with mentally insane and severely mentally deficient children. Her condition rapidly deteriorated as her personal and educational development and care was neglected. Amy's grandmother fought in the courts to ensure that her sister received restitution for what was done to her. Consequently, new regulations were put in place to prevent further unfortunate incidents, as well as to remedy the events that happened in the past to similar individuals. 👊🏼
Her grandmother is also the first Canadian woman to receive a Veteran's pension and first woman to be awarded a burial plot in the National Veteran Memorial Cemetery as a Veteran and NOT as the wife of a veteran. ✊🏼
Julienne's story gives inspiration and makes a girl realize that we still must stand up and fight for those who cannot do so for themselves in order to see change and keep the policies we fought so hard to attain. Also, our ancestors, with their stories, have taught us how to stand up for ourselves. Now we're putting that training into practice however we can ✊🏼
Hat made by @millszilla.
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