October 2009 Archives
Alright, so I'm not sure if this is the way we were supposed to go about this but this is what I did: I went through each section of the power and control wheel and made lists strategies to mitigate the forms of oppression and abuse through positive means. I found that many of the sections overlapped in the ways that they were heavily exacerbated by poverty. Its a bit disorderly and I'm not sure how realistic all of these suggestions are, but they are nonetheless suggestions.
Socialism! OR affirmative action, financial reparations, highly progressive taxing, creation of more affordable housing, accessibility to owning property, more flexible terms on welfare, more financial support from welfare, extended period of time allowed for welfare, revolutionizing the way public education is funded, more scholarships available for people of color,
I have a really good event some of you may be interested. It's the U's Social Justice Leadership Retreat. It's an amazing experience. I've attended multiple versions of it as well as facilitated it and I can assure you that it will open your eyes to a lot of issues, as well as make it more personal for you. Issues you will learn more about: white privilege, personal experiences as they relate to various identities, how stereotyping holds our relationships back, how to use these ideas in activism, etc... I'll let the link tell you more:
Also, if you wouldn't mind passing this to other classes, that'd be awesome!
In this class (3590) I am enjoying the "real world" component. I work at a women's shelter, so our recent discussions on violence are extremely applicable to what I do with a good chunk of my time. It's important to sit down and work through examples, like we did with different types of violence and the restrictions particular women face when they try to exit or deal with a violent situation in their domestic lives. This spurred an interesting discussion at work about why we receive the types of women we do and why certain demographic are simply missing from our shelter. Are there services for these women? What are the constraints that are placed on us, or what do we do ourselves, that is limiting our ability to assist women in all situations? I'm looking forward to continuing this discussion in the classroom and in my everyday life.