“I bring love and greetings from domestic workers, home care workers and family caregivers around the world who are marching today. We are the unsung heroines who help care for the most precious parts of our lives — our children, our aging loved ones, our loved ones with disabilities, and our homes. Many of us are immigrants… Read More The Carers Speak
– from this fantastic essay about the sickness that has come to her, and stayed, by Johanna Hedva (Sick Woman Theory): Sick Woman Theory is an insistence that most modes of political protest are internalized, lived, embodied, suffering, and no doubt invisible. Sick Woman Theory redefines existence in a body as something that is primarily… Read More Radical Care
My favorite bit: We need to think bigger. Poo envisions a network she calls the “Care Grid,” a metaphor drawn from transformative infrastructure projects like the interstate highway system. The grid would unite “public, private and non-profit resources” to build “a comprehensive coordinated system in which elders can age with dignity and their caregivers, both… Read More Another review of The Age of Dignity in In These Times
My father’s father, Liang Shao Pu, lived to the age of 93. A lifelong student and then teacher of tai chi and a diehard Wheel of Fortune fan, he had a slow, deep‑throated laugh that never failed to infect my sister and me, sending us into spasms of giggles. After moving from Taiwan to the… Read More Excerpt from The Age of Dignity
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Ai-jen Poo talks about security on the domestic front. She’s a MacArthur “Genius” Award winner and author of a forthcoming book with the Book Doula, The Age of Dignity.
Ai-jen Poo, author of a forthcoming book with the Book Doula called The Age of Dignity, just received a hugely-deserved huge honor: one of 2014’s “Genius” awards from the MacArthur Foundation. “It’s true that ‘It takes a village’ to raise a child, but it’s also true that it takes a village to take care of… Read More Genius is Recognized
75 years after the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Department of Labor extended minimum wage and overtime to America’s nearly 2 million home care workers. A huge victory for low-wage workers and women (90% of the workforce)!! Kudos to Ai-jen Poo for her big-hearted leadership. The new protections go into effect January 1, 2015,… Read More Fair Labor Standards Finally Extended to US Home Care Workers