February 22, 2021
An Unshackled Birth
By Susan Simensky Bietila
Susan Simensky Bietila has been a Registered Nurse as well as an activist artist for 50 years. She lives in Milwaukee, WI, and makes artwork in collaboration with movements for justice: for Health Care as a Right, Immigrants Rights, Midwest Indigenous-led movements to protect water from mines, pipelines and oil trains and in support of Public Education, and more. Her work is regularly published in World War 3 Illustrated magazine.
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