You Can’t Do Good Service Work Until You Check Your Privilege
It is a privilege to spend a year doing service. From my limited time in my service organization, that appears to be the big taboo thing to actively discuss. Someone will mention it in passing, but no one really engages with it. And why would they?
Those uncomfortable feelings that come from talking about how we perpetuate privilege merely distracts from the good feelings we have from being so altruistic. But we have privilege. And we cannot check it if we do not actively acknowledge that it exists.
We cannot do good service work until we engage with our privilege. We need to learn and work at being intentional with our service work on a micro level before we can ever do it at a macro level. Essentially, we have to do the dirty work of self-reflecting on how in our service placements we perpetuate our privilege.
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carol clover “men women and chainsaws” 1992
one of my favorite film essays. you can read it here
Saw this on a bumper sticker in elementary school and it stuck with me ever since 💜💪
Applications for the 2015 AAWPI State House Fellowship Program
The Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI) 2015 State House Fellowship Program is now accepting applicants and we are looking for Asian American women who are passionate about building and supporting the local Asian American community in Massachusetts! This program provides Asian American women with the unique opportunity to participate in state policymaking and experience firsthand how the legislature works through a part-time internship at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA. Leadership trainings, issue briefings and additional programming with statewide government and civic leaders are organised to strengthen the internship experience. In addition, all fellows will receive a $500 stipend.
Asian American women with strong interest in the intersection of policy and community issues, and who possess strong written and oral communication skills are encourage to apply. Please note that this opportunity is open to people of all backgrounds, majors and experiences. It is not necessary to have had direct experiences or extensive knowledge in the field of politics to apply - the goal is to cultivate and mentor the next generation of political leaders and advocates in the Asian American community!
Those interested should submit an application by Monday, October 13, 2014
and be prepared for an in-person interview on the weekend of October 18/19 in Boston
You can find specific details about the program and application process in the application attached. For more information, contact Diana Hwang at email@example.com
. I am an alumna of the program and would be happy to answer any questions or concerns as well.
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WHY ISN’T THIS THE LAW ALREADY ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ALSO THE WORLD
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Hey guys! This year, we now have a Violence Prevention and Educational Outreach program on campus.
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If white American feminist theory need not deal with the differences between us, and the resulting difference in our oppressions, then how do you deal with the fact that the women who clean your houses and tend your children while you attend conferences on feminist theory are, for the most part, poor women and women of Color? What is the theory behind racist feminism?
—Audre Lorde (via bad-dominicana
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'Raise boys and girls the same way' - Jenny Holzer, Instillation, candlestick park 1987
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