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Today’s visit to the Graton Day Labor Center to watch my friend Lisa Morehouse report on immigrants who’ve been shut out of Obamacare for KQED’s California Report, has me thinking hard about labor, economic justice, the material conditions of work, and exactly what is a living wage? A story by Monica Potts in the American Prospect, Yes, Being a Woman Makes You Poorer examines the failure of the Paycheck Fairness Act this week, thanks to those *super generous * Senate Republicans. According to Potts, the gender wage gap contributes to poverty and near-poverty for women in the United States. This is a big deal.

With radio on the mind, I was happy to stumble upon the Belabored Podcast over at the Dissent Magazine website. Hosted by Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen, this week’s episode features an interview with Ruth Milkman on the future of labor and the work of revolutionizing communities from the bottom up. I’m glad to see people speaking up about economic injustice and exploitation of workers for the benefit of the owners. Labor, economy, work, jobs – let’s do this.

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Write On Mamas

“A lot of writing about motherhood is still considered ‘mommy memoir’ or ‘mommy blogging’ and isn’t seen as serious memoir,” says Kovac. “Even the word ‘mother’ is so loaded. There are some in publishing that are just like, ‘We don’t want motherhood stories.’”

Kovac adds that whatever literary space there is for moms tends to be taken up by well-known writers like Anne Lamott and Ayelet Waldeman. The stigma has led to an ongoing conversation among the Write On Mamas about whether or not “Mamas” should stay in the name.

The answer is always a resounding yes, says Kovac.

“Isn’t this how we take it back?” asks Kovac. “We’re writing, and we take it seriously; we’re parents, and we take it seriously.”




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Restorative Justice

“True justice has to come from a place of love,” Sanchez says. “If it comes from a place of vengeance, there’s no true healing. There’s very little you get out of asking for vengeance. I truly believe it has to come from a place of love, especially for youth, who pick up these subtle messages. When you tell them, ‘Get out of here, we don’t want you in our schools anymore,’ the youth think, ‘These schools hate me, my teachers hate me, everybody’s out to get me.’ But when you remind them, ‘No, we love you and we need you here,’ it speaks volumes.”

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