In Memory of Eva Fredrick
by Theresa Rosado
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I began to paint seriously during a time in the 80's in Michigan when there was intense scrutiny of financially challenged women. One result of this scrutiny was the elimination of medical assistance to even those who desperately needed it. Eva Fredrick was one of those women in Michigan. Eva died after her medical assistance was cut, running out of the blood pressure medicine which she had tried to ration.
The lesson that I learned.... Any time someone tells a talented working class person that their song, painting, writing is frivolous, that they need to focus on "true paying work", not "hobbies" is a time to sing stronger, paint longer and write profusely. These attempts to silence working class creativity are class biased and are attempts to silence certain segments of our society, with all intentions to keep your voice out!