"I am who and what I am because I stand on the backs of a community of women who nurtured, guided, and supported me. I have spent the majority of my life and career working in underserved communities. I have dedicated my time and my heart to serving children, women, and families in my community. A community is defined as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Thus this page is dedicated to the fellowship Goddess Enterprises has with others, other people, other nonprofits, other businesses, other causes, and other journeys. These are our community partners, our collaborators, and collaborations. Some listed here represent the work we have done, some are just causes near and dear to or heart. This is our platform to show our community some love and support the work of others.
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The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan: An American Memoir
"My loved ones and friends would call my house a community center. I am a safe space for a lot of people around me. I am rest, peace, clarity, wisdom, and home. This is especially true for my children. Although I have raised a number of children, I have been the legal guardian to 4: Isaiah (my son by birth), Dedrick, Iesha, and Cecily Marie. I am absolutely fierce about my kids. Their joys are mine to celebrate, their tears are mine to wipe away, their wrongs continue to be mine to scold, and their fights against injustice are mine to support and champion.
This Community Highlight is dedicated to an amazing young woman I helped raise since she was 14 years old. I became the legal guardian of Cecily Marie McMillan when she was 16. From that time until now, I have always known that this outspoken, intelligent, young hellion would one day change the world (or at least give it one hell of a shaking up!)
In true Cecily Marie fashion; surviving poverty, family dynamics, Occupy Wall Street, a Master's degree, a felony conviction, Riker's Island prison, and (most difficultly)- ME ;-), I am super proud to share my daughter's labor of love; her first book! The Goddess Enterprises team and I continue to support the efforts, activism, and organizing of Cecily Marie McMillan.
Stay Tuned for updates on Cecily’s activism events, book tour and speaking tour information."
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Cecily McMillan didn't come from much: she had a hardscrabble life bouncing between the members of a broken family scattered from Texas to Atlanta. Her relationship with her parents became increasingly strained, and at sixteen she was legally emancipated and taken in by a beloved teacher. She became politically active at a young age, leading walkouts against the Iraq War in high school and protesting against union busting in college. When she moved to New York for a masters degree at the New School, she found herself planning what would later become Occupy Wall Street.
On St. Patrick's Day, 2012, her life changed forever. Cecily swung by Zuccotti Park to pick up friends on her way to meet others at a nearby Irish pub—but she never made it out. The celebration was cut short by a police raid that cleared the square. In the melee, she was grabbed from behind by a police officer. Two years later she faced a Kafkaesque trial and was sentenced to three months at Rikers Island.
Inside Rikers, Cecily grew close to her fellow inmates, women with precarious lives who took her under their wings and taught her how to navigate life in prison. Through them, she remembered where she came from and who she was fighting for. And through them, she found her voice. The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan is an intimate, brave, bittersweet memoir of a remarkable young woman trying to make sense of her place in the world.
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