"the wounded child inside many males is a boy who, when he first spoke his truths, was silenced by paternal sadism, by a patriarchal world that did not want him to claim his true feelings. The wounded child inside many females is a girl who was taught from early childhood that she must become something other than herself, deny her true feelings, in order to attract and please others. When men and women punish each other for truth telling, we reinforce the notion that lies are better. To be loving we willingly hear the other’s truth, and most important, we affirm the value of truth telling. Lies may make people feel better, but they do not help them to know love."
bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions
Why is there no childcare at the Left Forum? Why does it matter?
For the past four years, community members have been asking the Left Forum to provide childcare. Seth Adler, the sole staff member of Left Forum, has continually resisted prioritizing childcare. This year it took weeks of phone calls and emails to get any response from him at all.
Childcare IS possible at conferences. Many conferences have childcare, such as the Allied media Conference, the US Social Forum, Critical Resistance, RISE, the Anarchist Book Fair, the National Ware Resistors League Conference and many socialist conferences. The Left Forum can figure it out, too. It is appalling that the largest Left conference in the country does not prioritize accessibility for poor and working people, women and other care-givers.
Childcare is important for our movements because without childcare in political spaces, we lose the participation of many of those who have the most to struggle for. We need the knowledge and leadership of those who can least afford to pay for private childcare.
Our children deserve a place in our movements too. We want them to grow up with a sense of being included in political activity.
An entire generation of feminists fought hard for childcare in political spaces. They won. Don’t let the Left Forum roll back those victories.
Contact Seth Adler at 212-817-2003 or email@example.com and demand that the Left Forum provide childcare next year and every year.
(Flier I received at the Left Forum conference this past weekend. http://www.leftforum.org/)
"As a woman, I feel the answers for our inner balance come to us from our relationship to the Moon, the Earth, our relationship with the feminine and masculine energy within us, and our ancient memory as “green women,” healers of the Earth… . In this day of scientific research and of dependency and orientation of allopathic medicine, many of us have lost faith in the power of ceremony and prayer for healing and maintaining good health… .By reclaiming our heritage as healers, by loving the Earth and listening to hear teachings, and by caring for ourselves with loving compassion, and with the use of gentle, natural remedies, we create the balance that brings well-being and vitality in all its fullness."
"The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs: A Guide to Natural Remedies" by Deb Soule
Picked up this book from the library today. In search of natural alternatives to drugs and the typical…Looks interesting. Even if I don’t make these myself, knowing what types of teas, herbal mixes to purchase would be extremely helpful I think.