A few Just Posts ago I posted a note from our dear friend Carmen, who recently began her job with the Peace Corps in South Africa. Earlier this week I spoke to Carmen via chat — our first “live” conversation in 6 months. We talked through some ideas, challenges, and experiences. Not necessarily all connected to her current situation, but about the characteristics of “the work” in general. The realities of rural poverty. Being aware and at times surrounded by gross inequalities. The struggle of whether a problem is local or regional or national or global… and what it means to work at each level. Many of us involved in poverty work are called to it from a deep seated mission of social justice — yet are often asked or forced to work in ways that can codify or sustain the systems that create the inequalities we would like to address. There is a lot to struggle with, personally and professionally. There is always so much need and the desire to help, to give, to serve… it can get overwhelming. I want to find ways to help her and her new home; making the world a little smaller through our connections and friendships and trust in each other just feels like the right thing to do.
Here is some exciting news! Carmen has started a blog. Right now it’s a place of photographs and brief descriptions. Her emails reflect the richness of her experience and the tremendous need she encounters each day in her work. I’m hoping to write more about her work on THIS blog, and link to it in THIS space… and hopefully, maybe, possibly… get some ideas, suggestions, and contributions to her work from the wonderful readers and writers who participate in the Just Post social justice round table.
- Becky at I‘m Just Sayin with Racism? Really?
- Claudia at The Bottom of Heaven with Creative Freedoms and the Not Now Book
- Erika at Be Gay About It with Fingerprints make a family and day of decision
- Girlgriot at If you want kin, you must plant kin with Roundup and Please tell me
- Her Bad Mother with Humanity I Love You
- Holly at Cold Spaghetti with You don’t want to meet the new boy in town and Pondering Fate
- jen at One Plus Two with Everyday Piscasso and school daze and at Blogher with Bird by Bird
- Julie Pippert at Using My Words with Women with Big Dogs (and infertility)
- kittenpie at Life of ‘Pie with No Less
- Matt at Matt, Liz, and Madeline with yesterday…
- Mouse at The Mouse’s Nest with A pre-Blogging for LGBT Families Day rant
- Neil at Citizen of the Month with Proposition 8 and the California Supreme Court
- Paul Newnham at Give a damn about poverty? with Fairtrade fortnight begins and What is going on in Canberra?
- Skye at Heroine Content with On Anachronisms, Sexism, and Reality
- thordora at Spin Me I Pulsate with I’m sorry, is The Mother’s Act trying to help women? My bad…
- wrekehavoc with Guilty Pleasure Monday: Goodnight Saigon Billy Joel
- Zack Ford at Zack Ford Blogs with Why the Prop 8 Decision Inhibits Equality
- Zoom at Knitnut with Warts, wars, and the language of cancer
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* Well, according to Carmen: “literally it means ‘there are no problems’, but it does also mean ‘no worries.’ Setswana – along with Sepedi and Swahili, among others – are in the Bantu language family, and they all share similar sayings, made famous by a certain Disney movie.”