Pollution is choking Seneca Falls in New York, once host to the reform Quakers, Underground Railroad, abolition movement, and the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement, former fellow and trustee Susan Brind Morrow (Egypt, Sudan, 1988-1990) writes in The Nation.

“Locating the state’s largest trash dump here—a site filled with historical meaning for the women’s movement—is an act of sacrilege, a rape of the landscape,” she writes, “making the Seneca Meadows landfill emblematic of the connection between indifference to women’s rights and the abuse of the earth.”


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Photo: Wesleyan Methodist Church in Seneca Falls, New York (Kenneth C. Zirkel, Wikimedia Commons)