we spend so much effort teaching people how to not become homeless instead of teaching capitalists to not create homelessness

"Linda Taylor became the living template for a racist stereotype: the greedy black woman getting rich off taxpayer money. That vicious, baseless caricature demonized some of the nation’s most vulnerable people, laying the groundwork for bipartisan welfare reforms that slashed direct aid to the poor. And the Taylor-inspired trope continues to haunt our political conversation."

nytimes.com/2019/05/17/opinion

Language. 

Today, we served ~30 people with help from Yokohama food bank at Verny Park, Yokosuka!

#FoodNotBombs #SolidarityNotCharity

"Revealed: 1.6m Americans live near the most polluting incinerators in the US. Lower-income and minority communities are exposed to majority of the pollution coming from waste-burning plants, report finds."

theguardian.com/environment/20

The Free Permaculture Project are now offering access to educational resources and a year long course on permaculture for free/pay-as-you-can.

freepermaculture.com/?

Does anyone know of any international academic job posting sites or search engines? For me, this would be non-United States-based.

#FoodNotBombs is a community effort! We get excess food from grocery stores and food banks. Ppl sometimes donate clothing or money. Volunteers offer their time: cooking, planning, recovering produce, etc.

Everyone helps, everyone gains. That's what #solidarity means to us.

(For the cross-poster: Mastodon Only)

Nations have agreed to a UN proposal that restricts shipments of hard-to-recycleΒ plastic & other toxic junk from being dumped from the Global North to the Global South. Unsurprisingly, the US hasn't agreed to participate, but receiving countries can now reject incoming waste.

A necessary step for justice. We must prevent plastics and other toxic materials from being used in the first place by re-using, reducing, and recycling materials locally. is.gd/ygzTKf

Deep, reflexive honesty to oneself concerning their biases, assumptions, power dynamics, & so on, is a crucial step in this process.

The other is to listen. Truly listen. Any other avenues are susceptible to enforcing & reinforcing oppression, the reification of problems, & failure. Wasted community energy is wasted opportunity for change.

In community organization/community work practice & research, understanding the root causes of social problems begins with seeing the strengths of a community.

The real challenge here lies within a practitioner/researchers' ability to understand themselves, others, & their relation to others in organizing.

For those of you out there looking for good Free/Libre Computer Assisted/Aided Qualitative Data Analysis SoftwareΒ (CAQDAS), check out QualCoder by Colin Curtain, a fork of RQDA that doesn't require GNU R. It's in it's early stages, but I've been impressed so far!

Link: qualcoder.wordpress.com

My article "The Case for Prefigurative Feminist Organizing," in the latest issue of the Journal of Progressive Human Services, suggests that current feminist organizing ideas and practices adhere to masculinist models, and do not offer liberatory or inclusive models for social change.

DOI: 10.1080/10428232.2019.1575089

Hi everyone! I'm a community organizer & PhD candidate in Social Work at the University of Georgia (US).

My research mostly lies at the intersections of community organizing, ecosocial welfare, & mutual aid.

It is action-focused, so my work intends to translate to practice literature that is easily accessible. I hope to continue community organizing praxis based on my research.

I'm looking forward to meeting other scholars in this area & working across disciplines. πŸ˜€

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