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    Posted: Nov 19 2013 at 9:21am
 
South Bronx community organizer Tanya Fields is best known for addressing the issue of food insecurity in her community by bringing fresh produce to the residents in an eco-friendly bus. Fields has been recognized as a “foot soldier” by MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and appeared on “Melissa Harris-Perry” earlier this year to discuss her work in the community.

Last week during a public dialogue culminating feminist bell hook’s week-long residency at The New School, a passionate Fields revealed a new struggle she is fighting:

Quote …As a low-income Black mother I’ve been struggling to find my voice and so I’ve been using my platforms — Twitter, Facebook — and talking about this being a whole person — what it means to be unmarried with three babies daddies and four kids. The push back that I am often feeling is not from the white folks in the community. It is from the other sistas who tear me down — tell me that the reason that I am low-income is because I didn’t have the insight to choose good men that I should’ve kept my hand out and my mouth closed and my legs closed and kept my hand out… I have people who tell me ‘When you talk about being low-income, don’t talk about feeding your kids on food stamps. You don’t need an audience for that. Suffer in shame and in silence. The situation that you are feeling is your own and is a product of your own bad choice.’ I am pregnant with my fifth child and just had this man walk out on me. How do you wake up every morning and…? I consider myself being a Black feminist but some days it’s just so hard to get out of the bed and face other Black people.
 
Harris-Perry left the stage, embraced the woman, and spoke with her privately before sharing her thoughts with the audience. She then invited the woman back on her show and told her viewers:

Quote …But because she’s [Tanya Fields] unmarried and financially insecure, she has been the object of ridicule and shaming by other Black women… for being irresponsible and reinforcing stereotypes about Black women, so let me be really clear, shaming Tanya Fields is not ok with me.
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2013 at 9:24am
But you can't make a man stay and you also can't assume he will. Women shouldn't take all the blame.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2013 at 9:29am
Originally posted by GG GG wrote:

But you can't make a man stay and you also can't assume he will. Women shouldn't take all the blame.
 
But after 4 children, why not take precautionary measures to make sure the same mistake isn't made a 5th time? I'm just sayin. You can't be doing the same sh*t, and expect different results. I feel for her tho.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2013 at 9:30am
People can have 10 kids if they want. I'm more interested in her activist work.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2013 at 9:33am

welp


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2013 at 9:34am
how do you make the same mistake 5 times?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2013 at 9:36am
What man would be with a woman with four and soon to be five kids with different fathers? They will all hit and leave and judging by the picture it would only be lowly negros doing this and she broke too. She can't add nothing to the table to someone who got it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2013 at 9:36am
Thats the point. She obviously did not want all these kids. I'm not really sure how you gathered that from the article.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2013 at 9:36am
The media is sooooo crafty lol. And negroes need to recognized when they are being played. 




 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 19 2013 at 9:37am
Low income neighborhoods definitely need more access to fresh produce and healthier eating.

http://www.nextecowarriors.com/tanya-fields/

Tanya Fields (African-American, 30-years-old) is a working mother from Bronx, New York. In 2006, she quit her day job in the corporate sector to become a full time activist for food justice and local farming. In doing so, she created her own organization called The BLK Projek to help underserved woman of color by creating women-led economic development opportunities. In her attempts to construct an urban farm on a piece of underdeveloped New York City Parks land as well as other underdeveloped land in the South Bronx, she is shaking up the NYC borough from the earth up. Currently, Fields is not only still solidifying space for the Libertad Urban Farm but working on creating a women led cooperative food business that would deliver locally soured, nutritious meals to youngsters in group & family day care. These opportunities not only help create organic, nutritious and local food but give underserved woman the chance to build community with other woman, learn in workshops and gain skills.

- See more at: http://www.nextecowarriors.com/tanya-fields/#sthash.DkUGI0fu.dpuf

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