we get a lot of calls from parents. lots of times they are afraid we are cooperating with the police or the government, they are afraid we are trying to cheat them out of shit and fuck them over, or they are afraid that we are discriminating against them.
i hate it when our staff laugh about their calls or act as if they are just being “crazy”.
there are REASONS they feel this way.
we serve low income families in California that must qualify using FEDERAL poverty guidelines. you know how shitty that is? a single mother with one child working 40 hours a week for minimum wage is TOO RICH for our program.
our families are constantly judged for their choices in “designer” clothes, “fancy” cars, and cell phones by staff. i have never heard a complaint like this about a white family. never.
some of our families are referred by other agencies, including substance abuse recovery programs and child welfare.
83% of our families are latino and african american while 39% of all lead teachers are white. this one might not seem so bad, since 14% of our lead teachers are african american, and the rest are latino, but they are not placed in ways to serve families best. for instances: 81% of lead teachers do not speak spanish while 51% of families’ primary language is spanish. and in lots of classrooms, this means there is no spanish speaking lead in a class with as little as 2 and as many as 20 spanish speaking families. this means there is NOBODY on site to speak to them about their child on a daily basis. and anti-blackness jfc (from EVERYONE).
75% of management is white. all but 1 of the 25% that is not white are mid to lower level managers (including me). only 1 manager is african american. if a family wants to escalate an issue from a classroom to a management level, they will have to speak to a white person, and in many cases, someone who probably doesn’t speak their primary language. and don’t fucking forget the fucking anti-blackness.
why wouldn’t these families be worried we are not treating them right?
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After she came up to me and said, “I’ve been with my partner for 20 years… We would never get married because he’s on social security income, and because my daughter is disabled I have secondary income from the state to support my daughter. If I got married, both my benefits and his benefits would be reduced because we would become a double income family.”
She was explaining that marriage doesn’t work for poor people, and that it doesn’t work for disabled people. Having really simple examples like hers are important.
A 32-year-old Latina woman was found dead inside her SUV in a convenience store parking lot, where she was trying to get some extra sleep between shifts at her four part-time jobs, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports.
I added the Latina part. I know Maria Fernandes struggle. it is my struggle. it’s probably some of yours too. remember this when folks say working poor don’t work hard enough and that’s why we are poor.
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
And this why it’s called the prison-industrial complex — it’s an industry, making money by filling prison beds, in this case literally selling kids (let’s take a guess at the racial makeup of those kids, hmmm) directly to prison corporations.
The pipeline starts with cops, harvesting kids not only from the streets but through foster homes, juvenile centers, targeted schools and neighborhoods, then moving along through lawyers, judges (like this fucker in the linked article), politicians, social workers, government bureaucrats, county jails, detention centers, all the way to the prison corporations, probation officers, parole boards, election bureaus (prisoners increase a county’s electoral power). A sprawling complex which has become one of the USA’s big areas of capitalist growth aside from the machinery of war.
And remember, this one dude here got caught, but for every case of corruption that gets exposed, a similar scam is probably in operation through ten or a hundred other people who are getting away with it.
If I ever feel like i’m not having a productive day I just make a point to sit and cry about how grateful i am for burritos like i’m just so happy they exist
Let me fucking tell you something.
This summer, I had Chipotle ONCE. Do you know how much I cried and wined and screamed when I thought I wasn’t going to have ANY Chipotle? I WHINED.
People get mad when they see people whining about “minor” things but I NEEDED THAT CHIPOTLE THAT DAY AT THAT TIME.
SOMETIMES COMFORT IS NECESSARY IN THE FORM OF SPICY FUCKING FOODSTUFFS.
Ppl who complain about that kind of thing are the same ones who go around about how everything is so passé and blah and they’re so unmoved by it all
I’m like, that shit was old in high school and you’re not cool
if i decide that burritos is the meaning of life you’re still just some asshole that thinks you’re too cool to like things ever
p.s. also yeah i hoarded the last of my green tea ice cream and was so grateful it survived the power outages finally eating it was a dang religious experience and anyone who says different can go right to hell tbqh