It’s no secret that Mayor LaToya Cantrell believes in supporting her fellow women. Under her leadership, New Orleans became the first U.S. city to join the #Women4Climate mentorship program, the city implemented a strong, zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment, and unveiled a $5 million fund to help women- and minority-owned businesses.
On Monday, Cantrell showed support of her fellow women leaders, showing off a new lapel pin in support of #TheSquad, four progressive, female first-term congresswomen of color in the House of Representatives: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich).
“I”m proud to wear this beautiful pin by our very own Kevin Griffin of @nolapins and to stand with #TheSquad and with women in leadership at every level,” Cantrell stated. “We find our strength when we stand together.”
According to NOLA Pins, “The Squad represents the great things that can be accomplished when we work together, which reminded us of the awesome community work that the black Greek Sororities embody!”
In recent weeks, the congresswomen of “The Squad” have faced attacks by President Trump, as well as accusations of antisemitism. He has even falsely claimed that Rep. Omar is “pro-Al Qaeda,” something that even conservatives have had a difficult time accepting. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative wrote, “Falsely claiming that someone is ‘pro-Al-Qaeda’ is one of the most despicable things someone could say about any American, and to say it about a Muslim American is particularly dangerous and obnoxious.” Rep. Omar has received numerous death threats as a direct result of Trump’s statements.
Proceeds from the sale of the pins go to Daughters Beyond Incarceration, a nonprofit advocacy group that works to help girls who have incarcerated fathers. According to their website, their mission is “to attack mass incarceration issues by eliminating barriers that affect the communication gap between father and daughters.”