A bit of a divergence from previous topics...self care. I recently spent time exploring this idea with a group of powerful women who tackle issues of racial and social justice on a daily basis. Women who, like me, have for years burned the candle at both ends, humbly and without fanfare, committed to supporting the upliftment of undervalued and mistreated people and communities...our communities. Those with significant others, including partners and/or children and other family members, continue to provide care upon arrival at home, day after day with love. Those without a significant other or family member to care for often work much longer hours. In both cases these women, like so many of our women, push to the background their own need for care. There is always so much to do that taking the time to exercise or sit in a warm bath or spend time doing something that brings joy and balance seems so selfish.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
In past blog postings i have written about the importance of understanding the moment we are currently in. A period whereby the relationship between labor and technology has fundamentally changed such that people are being permanently pushed out of the workforce. And knowing this - knowing that people have been and continue to be permanently pushed out of work - clarifies other changes taking place in society. The closing of schools and hospitals; the reduction or elimination of public services; throwing people out of their homes, off welfare, and on the street...all of these are connected with the permanent displacement of workers.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I have been quiet. And studying the situation as it has been evolving around the United States. The permanent technological displacement of workers - this process has been impacting more and more people...increasingly those from middle class backgrounds; those who have been college educated; who know not economic struggle in the way that blacks/other people of color and working/poor folks know all too well.