As the war in Iraq continues in its fifth year, youth in NYC schools continue to come under pressure to enlist by military recruiters. To address the pressure that teens face and to get the facts out about life for women in the military, a group of young Brooklyn women, who are also part of Groundswell’s Summer Leadership Institute, are painting a three-story mural. “This mural is about informing people about how women are affected in the war, and that there are alternatives to enlisting”, says Min Ting Liu.
Min Ting is one of 14 young women who are creating the mural. Fellow team member Elizabeth Maroney adds that, “Our mural is a creative tool that we are using to capture the attention of New Yorkers, and is intended to present that women and teens have a variety of options for their future aside from joining the military.” As part of a team of young women who care about the effects of the war on their communities, these teens are illustrating that young people have a vital role to play in shaping the communities that they want to live in.
For more information: http://www.groundswellmural.org/