Labor Day: Bells Ring for American "Rosies" Across America and in Many Nations
The annual Ring a Bell for Rosies event starts in Europe, spans US time zones, ends in New Zealand - at homes, churches, museums. Key media locations: Philadelphia, Huntington, WV, Muskegon, MI, Wichita, KS, Denver, Los Angeles.
Since 2008, "Thanks!" and many partners have located, interviewed and worked with America's Rosie the Riveters, with the goal of getting the public to pass the Rosie Legacy to the future through work that lasts. "Thanks!" started creating projects that citizen volunteers can do with Rosies and continue after Rosies are gone. Fifteen Rosie projects are in progress or ready (e.g., naming of government buildings and interstate bridges, creating and performing Rosie music and art, designing and building parks, promoting other worthwhile projects). That is Phase I of the "the Arm." Phase II is to launch the American Rosie Movement rapidly and broadly across the nation and abroad.
The Ring a Bell for Rosies Labor Day event began in 2016 with a Girl Scout Brownie in West Virginia, continued with help of the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Virginia and has succeeded nationally and internationally each Labor Day since. People ring many kinds of bells from carillons to ships' bells to jingle bells.
"Thanks!" is a small non-profit focused on giving people proven ways to unite around something they believe in. Anne Montague, Executive Director and Founder states, "Most people don't have a clue that Rosies are inspiring, fascinating leaders. After 11 years, we see that Rosies tell the fuller story of WWII, how they raised children who started the women's movement; and how they cared for wounded veterans. They are central to a new kind of social movement that does not blame but focuses on unity. Six million women worked on the home front; we estimate that 1,200 Rosies are left, so living Rosie are treasures and the hunt (for them) is on."
For 11 years, "Thanks!" and its partners in America and other nations have joined in a common goal to understand and act on the meaning of Rosie the Riveters, whose lives over nearly a century are a statement for pulling together to do work that preserves and perpetuates freedom and democracy. The American Rosie Movement: "Thanks for 'The ARM' that does the work that needs to be done."
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