June 27, 2014
Current Reading and commentary:
- A Peoples History of the US: Ch11- Robber Barrons and Rebels——>So many parallels to The Pitchforks Are Coming….For Us Plutocrats. The man who writes that article is very smart to realize we have been here before and blood was spilled. I would really like to know how much. I think I might go through Mr. Zinn’s Ch11 and record a body count and dates, because I want to know how many died so my family could have the weekend, the 8 hour day, and the minimum wage. Agitation with A Smile 🙂
- Hands on the Freedom Plow- My sub-title: Revolutionary women who lead the civil rights movement and their stories.
- GRE Exam Math Workbook- a few of my answers have been thrown off by ONE digit—-and no point/ cookie for me–even though I got the process right!!!!!!!! Fairness does not exist.
- Grammar for College Writing: I’ts like 8th grade english plus, all over again—– without the sentence diagramming.
- A Workbook for Argument: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking–I’m working on my writing so I can write a killer op-ed.
FTY: To Stephanie Lormand (and of course The Labor Movement) An unlikely pair to be so close together
🙂 My dear friend Stephanie Lormand had a wonderful op-ed in the News and Observer this week you can find a link to it in this blog post called Are School Aged Kids Tested More Often than Toxic Chemicals. Her op-ed was very inspiring to me. I hope one day I can write an op-ed about an issue I am passionate about.
March 26, 2014
A while back I posted about reading Freedom’s Teacher and writing about it. Yes, I know empty promises (so far). I picked up that book again today and started outlining and rereading. The first reading of a book for me only gives an introduction. I get really caught up in the story and need to know how it all turns out. A 2nd reading will give me more depth. And so my 2nd reading begins. In a search for Septima I found this gem of a blog post over at self-rescuing princess society and quote that I happen to LOVE, you’ll see why (emphasis mine):
I have a great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
-Septima Poinsette Clark
From pg2. Introduction
Four decades of teaching and civic organizing shaped how she percieved the fundamental problems confronting the southern black community, including the need for better schools, better health care, better job opportunities and wages, and increased voter participation–particularly among black women–in local, state, and federal affairs.
It seems like someone could have written this today. Communities face different problems in scope but they remain at the core.
The book goes on to say that she developed the foundation for the civil rights movement, her teachers trained more than twenty five thousand people, who were often active participants in SLCS’s campaigns.
If you didn’t have time to sign up for Melissa Harris Perry’s Nerland Scholar Challenge you can see links to all the articles of interest.
Just reading the articles and what MHP has posted made me aware of just how white the suffragists were.
June 30, 2012
Saturday Thank You– In honor of the Labor Movement “The folks who brought you The Weekend!”
I read several chapters into The Woman Behind The New Deal and had to return it. In reading that book I realized I’m more of a “boots on the ground” organizer, like Frances Perkins was early on in her career. And that probably has more to do with my need for movement and a variety of different activities. So, I have switched books. I’ve only just begun this book but I find myself needing to go back and reread because I can’t believe the history I’m seeing repeat; and it’s good to know that “The Women’s Liberation Movement” was alive and well prior to the Civil Rights movement—we just don’t get to hear about it unless we seek it out. I plan on posting more about what I am reading next week.
I’ve got a great story for Warrior Wednesday inspired by Kiddo–who asked where are the women warriors. Thank You Master Ray for telling the story about why most men would choose to fight other men and not women who were defending their children and home. <Ohh wee! when my kitchen gets messed up after I worked so hard to clean it–watch out>
Great story about Reclaiming Our History and Finding the real Rebel Helen Keller
June 15, 2012
I need to make a mental note that yesterday and today were challenging to say the least. Good, yet challenging. I got to see a wonderful friend two days in a row. And I didn’t have to deal with a hot mess of crazy woman “you two were hanging out but didn’t invite me”.
Random Question: Why is it the women I hang out with tend to be dude-like? Oh, right it must be the increased and joyous participation in spontaneity <–thank you spell check> “disorder” that I have.
So, I’m on page 142 of the book from last Friday’s post <The Woman Behind the New Deal>. I took over a page of notes on the beginning, which gives you the scenario of what society looked like/ felt like prior to the New Deal. And, Lemme tell you, it was very different than now. < I probably use then/ than incorrectly > <Perhaps this points to a learning disability rather than white trashiness! >
This quote shocked me….
“The eight hour day was a standard plank of the Socialist Party; unemployment insurance seemed laughably improbable; direct aid to the unemployed would threaten his campaign pledge of a balanced budget. He said he would back her.”
But Really what the heck is up with this?
June 8, 2012
I really like the 8 hour workday–I think this makes me a socialist! Again, I continue to be shocked by women throughout history that I was never taught about- Thank goodness I go to the library. <Library should be a verb. There probably is a verbacious version of library but I’m to (or too?) uneducated to know about it.> Its an actively shocking experience for me this library. I will be obsessively reading about Frances Perkins (book title below) and baking this weekend. I’m also plotting my New Deal 😉
The chaotic note in this post has become very significant recently.
Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.
Susan B. Anthony