PERIODIC PROTESTS PROLIFERATE
Thanks for your great Winter 2005 issue. I loved every bit.
I wanted to let you know that Feminism Fits (news item on page 6) is spreading across Canada, just as the committee wished. When we at Womanspace Resource Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta heard about the first "Fit" we loved the idea and created a small committee to make it happen here. We contacted Lisa Zigler in St. John's for permission to use the idea and launched Martha's Monthly in June 2004. We drew the name from our Premier, who refers to the common people of Alberta as the "Marthas and the Henrys."
Every eighth of the month, our growing group of Marthas all get our monthlies in the form of a backgrounder and a sample letter and then we send off an email letter to Premier Klein. We have tackled topics like oil revenues, welfare, health reform, minimum wage and proportional representation, among others. During the November election campaign, we found a voice on two blogs, weekly radio editorials, guest lectures at university and numerous newspaper articles. We inspired many of the Martha's to ask tough questions at forums and we were able to develop a good working relationship with the opposition parties.
Since we have no women's ministry in Alberta, we copy our letters to the opposition parties who then table them in the legislature. That way, our letters become part of the public record. Most importantly, Martha's Monthly has motivated a group of normal women to read more about politics, get interested in parties and debate topics of public policy. They are now starting to ask important questions and seek answers to them. Thanks to St. John's IWD Committee and Lisa Zigler for their great idea and their willingness to let us borrow it.
Lisa Lambert, Womanspace Resource Centre
Editor's Note: Newfoundland and Labrador women who started the ball rolling on this report dozens of inquiries from as far away as Australia and Scotland from women wanting to start similar protests. …