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- The MANY

"United, we can actually make politicians listen to their mothers."


Meet The MANY Women
Led by a brain-trust of six Black women, our human rights-based, grassroots group is comprised of NYC women from a variety of backgrounds. 

But here's the surprise: not all of us are mothers.

Indeed most of us are, but many of us aren't. As former Mayor David Dinkins used to say about NYC, we are a glorious mosaic of nurturers. Some of us are career teachers, PhD's, and artists. Some are continuing ed students, City workers, Etsy crafters, administrative assistants, managers, promising writers, and more. Some of us are unemployed, looking for work, starting a home-based business and/or caring for a sick or elderly family member.  A number of us are married moms, but mostly, more of us are single with children. Some of us are even grandmamas, God-mommies, aunties, sisters, and several are who we lovingly call: "community-other" mothers. 

As categorically different as we may be, all of us are someone's daughter, raised to honor our cultural backgrounds. At this most critical time, every convo we have goes deep into our feelings about the pandemic, what's going on with us and our kids, Covid safety in schools, and the traumatic loss of life that has touched us in the last two years. (RIP friend & MANY member, Pearl "Roxy" Johnson).


We're talking about food expenses, safety on the subways, and the guns that find their way into the hands of young people we shouldn't be afraid of... but are. Our candid conversations in the sister and inter-racial, virtual space we've created lets us continue our dozen years of Advocacy and Interpersonal Support Networking to elevate the moral authority of mothering and womanhood.

We call ourselves THE MANY, because we are.  

We are a caring, multi-faceted, highly capable membership and advocacy group of women who all want to live in a safe and just society... where women are respected and valued, where care and concern for humanity are upheld, and where we, and our children and families, can do more than survive in NYC... we can thrive.  

• Parent Advocacy, Support & Networking
• Brave Hearts Activism
• EDISAWI (Participatory Action Research) 
• Village Talks
• Events: Film Screenings & Discussions
• Empowered Reading Book Club,
• Kindness Crafting & more!


Women's rights are human rights.
Unite in the fight. Join Us. 

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2 of our Co-founders & former Brain-Trust members: Jamillah Salahuddin with Dr. Carmen Applewhite. Both are NYC Special Ed Teachers. Jamillah retired, Carmen speaks on WBAI's Imhotep Gary Byrd's Radio Program as his Education Consultant most Sundays.

Photo Credit: (L) B. Rivera, (R) The Chief-Leader/Michel Friang 

Benefits of Membership


  • A caring sister-circle of wise, inter-generational women activists of all faiths & backgrounds


  • Advocacy: voluntary one-to-one and group support in problem-solving issues affecting kids and work


  • Help from alumni-parent leaders and member educators for navigating the many layers of bureaucracy in our public school system and in some instances, helping to access city and legal services  


  • Interpersonal Support Networking & Women's Leadership Development 


  • Opportunities for personal growth and shared learning through Village Talks and collaborations with other local and national activist groups


  • Informative discussions with guest presenters on topics affecting our lives


  • Safe space for sharing difficult topics concerning the victimization and harassment of women, mothers and children

  • Knowledge on the fundamental rights of all human beings so that we are continually dialoguing about rights, respect and accountability in our individual communities, familiar, social and political circles.  


Led by Black women, there's power in our knowledge and life-affirming wisdom in our sisterhood.

Become a member today!

Introducing some of our MANY Members & Influencers:

... and Queen Mother Dr. Adelaide Sanford!
Vice Chancellor Emeritas, NY State Board of Regents. Please click her image to open a video introducing her powerful lecture:

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