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April 8, 2012

Mighty Marjory, the Mother of the Everglades

Yesterday was the birthday of a remarkable woman,
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Marjory Stoneman Douglas 1965
Marjory Stoneman Douglas with a
Miccosukee Tribe member in 1965
She would have been 122 years young and
we could really use her help right now,
because the place that she loved nearly all
of her adult life, is still in trouble.
Today her beloved Everglades is still being
polluted by the big Sugar companies and robbed
of its life giving water supply by the greedy
in south Florida.
This vital Ecosystem has improved very little
since she died in 1998 and it is sad because she
fought so hard, for so long to change the selfish
thinking that put this natural treasure and those
that call it home, in such serious jeopardy.
Well educated and well bred, Marjory was the
daughter of a wealthy father and could have had an
easier life working at his newspaper, the Miami Herald.
But instead, she chose to fight for causes that very few others
at the time embraced, like women's rights, racism, preserving the
environment and saving a wild wilderness called the Everglades.
She was truly a mighty woman and we should honor her lifetime
of struggles, by finishing what was most important to her,
by saving the Everglades.

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