More than ever I am convinced that nothing will change in this country unless the women rise up and demand it. I am amazed to learn the genesis of the civil rights movement was led by women who taught at citizenship schools. It seems like everywhere I turn teachers were at the forefront of any rights movement, whether it be labor or civil. It is very inspiring, as well as daunting.
I forced myself to sit (meditate) today for about 20 minutes. Again I come away from it with the feeling that I am my worst enemy.While I’ve discovered I like math and it is a little meditative, I don’t think I want to go back to school in the next year or two.
My breakfast consisted of GRE Algebra with a fabulous chocolate truffle cake, left over from last nights MomsRisingNC’s Night Out. Before that I grumpily swept my very dirty floor and fed kiddo, while dhuz napped. Thank goodness he was able to take her to school. Then I proceeded to write a follow up email relating to a meeting I had yesterday. All the while surfing facebook, sending messages to friends I miss and looking at my underworked blog posts. Naturally, I was almost hyperventilating by 10:15. I put the brakes on and grabbed my White Camphor essential oil bottle and headed to the shower. After running the hot water on myself for a while and clutching my aromatherapy my breathing started to calm. Next, I headed to my yoga bolster to meditate.
I came away wanting to finish my blog post and clutch my aromatherapy bottles. Later today, I’ve got to do something with kiddo and finish my work on negative exponents. All the while I will think about how I can raise some hell while fighting for what’s right. I’m glad I can look to the members of MomsRisingNC for fellowship.
Making A Place for Labor History (NC)
For example, my students at North Carolina State University are often surprised to learn that ours is the least unionized state in the nation; that North Carolina is one of only two states that outlaw public sector collective bargaining; and that economic inequality is greater today than at any time since the Great Depression. They want to know how things got this way.
A good labor history course would answer this question.
Students would learn how southern textile workers in the late 1920s and early 1930s organized to resist exploitation by mill owners, and how mill owners, in collusion with police and politicians, used violence to quash strikes.
One legacy of this violence is a fear of unions, a fear that partly accounts for the low unionization rate in North Carolina. A study of labor history would reveal that violence associated with union organizing originated not with workers but with bosses afraid of losing power and profits.
Students would also learn how North Carolina’s General Statute 95-98, which prohibits collective bargaining by public employees, grew out of 1950s anti-communist hysteria and fear that alliances between black and white workers would challenge the dominance of North Carolina’s ruling white oligarchy.