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Classism in Services #middleclass #homeservices #thehelp #classism

This blog focusses on Prince George's Co., but this is a problem throughout the United States (I don't know about other countries, but I understand classism is everywhere - would love to hear from people in the comment area about their experiences in different areas, though).

Just because people come from a long line of oppression / racism doesn't mean they don't have this behavior, too, but is especially a problem among white people and people who are new to middle or upper-middle class and never had a service job themselves. Here is a TV clip of an example of the problem:



What did you observie there? (If you can't hear it, see dialog text below.) A home service worker comes to do the job, gives his estimate to fix it (not unreasonable for what needs to be done) and he's turned away without being paid. This is not unlike a lack of tipping a waitor/waitress since it is about getting paid. In the U.S., certain service people are allowed to be paid much less because they're expected to make tips and others, like this service worker, probably works by commission or is self-employed, which means he doesn't make money if he doesn't get paid. And if he's self-employed, he has to pay over-head (telephone, transportation - cost of vehicle, gas, and repairs, insurance, office, accountant, etc.), so not being paid would mean he loses money. If he works for a small business, that small business loses money AND he may not get paid if he's working by commission only.

We're good at complaining about the big corporations making too much money and become monopolies, often not treating their customers well. But if we don't want big corporations, we need to help small businesses thrive.

This is just one example. This situation happens to housecleaners and many other industries. This site shows the average pay for certain jobs and we can see how household services (not the supervisors so much as the actual workers) get paid less.

We complain about the economy, but we can help each other make the economy better in some ways. If you can afford to pay for services, hire a local service - there are lots of sites that rate them and give information about them, and once you hire them, pay them. They should be able to at least give you a ball park of the amount it should be (if it's just a quick fix or if it needs a new part) - you should be able to get a range. If you can't afford it, don't hire them in the first place - sending them away without paying is unconscionable.

Dialog: “$358 for a sensor that costs $28. I’ll fix it myself.”
“It’s a complicated job. You know what I did back in Russia?”
“Yea, you were a doctor or a scientist.”
“No, I fixed driers. I’ve been doing this a long time.”
“I’m sorry I’m no push-over. I’m afraid it’s a hard ‘nyet’.”
So he decided to do it himself and made it worse.
                - from "Modern Family" Feb. 14, 2017 Episode: “Do It Yourself”
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President Obama Gives Us Charge & Farewell as PGers Start #PGResist #PrinceGeorgesCounty #PGCounty

Barack Obama with sign language interpreter at Prince George's Community College in 2007
President Obama gave us a charge in his final speech, "...you are the best supporters and organizers anyone could hope for, and I will forever be grateful. Because yes, you changed the world.... I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes We Can."

Yes we can participate in our democracy and be the resistance to racism, war, and other acts of hate and oppression. Prince George's People's Coalition met with several organizations (see details and photos on Facebook), including ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) which is gearing up to march on Jan. 20. Prince Georgians who will be joining them suggested the use of the hashtag #pgresist.

Also take note of a discussion on the book "The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement" by Rev. Barber at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church on Jan. 15 - see this PDF with the announcement.


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Note: The above photo of Barack Obama was taken at Prince George's Community College in 2007 before most people even knew who he was.
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Meet Author: "...how an African American boy from the Jim Crow-era South... achieve great success"

 MEET THE AUTHOR

Congressman James E. Clyburn, 3rd highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, will discuss his book titled, BLESSED EXPERIENCES, at the Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 1:30 p.m..  Please join us at this event.

Below is a synopsis of Congressman Clyburn's book:
Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black

From his humble beginnings in Sumter, South Carolina, to his prominence on the Washington, D.C., political scene as the third highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn has led an extraordinary life. In Blessed Experiences, Clyburn tells in his own inspirational words how an African American boy from the Jim Crow-era South was able to beat the odds to achieve great success and become, as President Barack Obama describes him, "one of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens."  (Oxon Hill Library's Homepage)
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Seeking African American families from Prince George’s County who moved here in 1970s

This message is from Ark Media:

Ark Media is seeking African American families from Prince George’s County, Maryland for a story about the Black Middle Class, as part of a four-hour PBS documentary series.

This series -- tentatively entitled FROM BLACK POWER TO THE WHITE HOUSE — takes viewers on a journey through the last half-century of African American history, exploring the unprecedented progress and lingering obstacles to racial equality since the landmark legislative victories of the civil rights movement. The series will be hosted and executive produced by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and will air on national PBS in 2016.

We are looking to interview a family from Prince George’s County as part of a discussion about the growth of the African American middle class.

We would love to speak to you if you or your family:

·      Identify as middle or upper middle class and African American

·      Currently live in Prince George’s County

·      Moved to Prince George’s County in the 1970’s

·      Lived in a neighborhood with a population that changed from predominantly white to African American

And

·      Observed first hand the effects of the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008-09 in your neighborhood

We’re interested in the factors that drew you to your current neighborhood, your experiences living there, and the changes your neighborhood has undergone since your arrival.

Please feel free to forward this message to your contacts. Please reach out to Eu-Hua Chua, Associate Producer at e.chua@ark-media.net or (718) 935-9745 ext 107.
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“LINKED BY SLAVERY, COMING TO TERMS WITH THE PAST”

“LINKED BY SLAVERY, COMING TO TERMS WITH THE PAST”
WHAT:    Organizing meeting for Coming to The Table for DC area
When:     6 December 2014, 11:00-1:30
Where:    Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church
7400 Temple Hills Road
Camp Springs MD 20748
(301) 449-4308
www.dmuuc.org

Coming to the Table (CTTT) is an organization whose mission is to “provide leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.” Coming to the Table is unique in that it was initiated by descendants of slave traders, slave holders, and others directly involved in the slave economy in partnership with the Center for Justice and Peace Building at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It was inspired by the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said in his 1963 March on Washington speech that one day “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” The vision of Coming to the Table is “of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past—from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.” CTTT’s approach to achieving its vision and mission involves four interrelated practices:

    •    Uncovering History: researching, acknowledging, and sharing personal, family and community histories of race with openness and honesty
    •    Making Connections: connecting to others within and across racial lines in order to develop and deepen relationships
    •    Working Toward Healing: exploring how we can heal together through dialogue, reunion, ritual, ceremony, the arts, apology and other methods
    •    Taking Action: actively seeking to heal the wounds of racial inequality and injustice and to support racial reconciliation between individuals, within families, and in communities.

After the meeting, we hope you can join us for 1st Saturday at Davies, a free blues jam/open mic session from 1:30-5:00. You can join us for a meal (Chili and fish will be served for a small donation), play your own instrument, meet other musicians, find a band, practice skills before a live audience, and listen and dance to the house band Anthony’s “Swamp Dog” Clark & The All Star Blues Band and an Ebra African Music and Dance Troupe.

If you will be able to attend, please RSVP by November 30 to: Lynda Davis at lyndadvis@aol.com or (410) 636-4587. Thank you!
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Genealogist? Found slavery / slave trade in your history? Consider Reconciliation in DCarea

On Dec. 6, Saturday 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM, the Washington Area is having a Coming To The Table gathering - Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.

Descendants of enslaved people and enslavers, gather together for sharing and learning. We will discuss Reconciliation and Coming to the Table's Vision, Mission, Values, and Approaches. We extend a special invitation to European American descendants of : slaveholders, slave catchers, slave traders, and others directly or indirectly involved in the slave economy (banking, insurance, mortgage lending etceteras) and have a need to talk about it.

This program is being hosted by Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church at 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs, Maryland. Contact Lynda (lyndadvis [at] aol.com) by November 30 to RSVP.

Also, join Davies Church for A Dialog on Race and Ethnicity on Fri., Nov. 14 - potluck preceding is option and starts at 6:30 PM.
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Moving Beyond Ferguson: Know Your Rights Community Forum

From NAACP Prince George's County, Maryland Branch:

On October 2, a coalition of groups will invite parents, youth, adults and community leaders to be a part of a training and discussion, "Moving Beyond Ferguson: Know Your Rights Community Forum." There will be a panel of experts, followed by discussion on the topics of your rights when interacting with police, racial disparities within law enforcement and the justice system, preventing police brutality, and sharing solutions.

Co-Sponsors: ACLU of Maryland, Prince George's County Branch of the NAACP, 100 Black Men, Men Aiming Higher, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Flowers High School, Prince George's Human Relations Commission, Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice & Ethics, Inc. and Casa De Maryland.

WHAT: Training and panel discussion, "Moving Beyond Ferguson: Know Your Rights Community Forum."

WHO: David Rocah and Sonia Kumar, ACLU of Maryland Attorneys
Garland Nixon, retired police officer and ACLU-MD Board Member
John Chamble, Branch Chief, Federal Public Defender
Judge Alexander Williams Jr, (United States District Court) Retired
Donnell Turner, Deputy State's Attorney for the Prince George's County
Gustavo Andrade, Director of Community Organizing, CASA de Maryland

WHEN:           Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6-8 P.M.

WHERE:         Charles Herbert Flowers High School,
                       10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road,
                       Springdale, MD 20774.


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Do we need a national discussion on race? How about one right here? #princegeorges

Almost every day we see something on the internet now. Still do we all see it the same?

Last week the Washington Post ran this story: When white friends don’t believe what blacks go through, they’re not friends

Today CNN ran this story: 'Django Unchained' actress defends not giving ID to cop

Blacks are tired of talking about it as the CNN reporter who just wanted to warn people so they don't get into trouble (not a bad idea because they will get into more trouble than Daniele), but in the report, it almost looks like she didn't understand why Daniele put herself out to show what is happening in this country.

Will white people talk with black people about race? Yes, they do at A Dialog on Race and Ethnicity, which will be held again on the 2nd Fri., Oct. 10. Bring your friends of any race or ethnicity.
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“My Journey From Indifference to Consciousness of Racial Inequality"

Lynda and Rusty Vaughn, members of Coming to the Table who are descendants of African slaves, slave traders, slaveholders and those whose family fortunes relied on slavery, will be speaking about their journeys from indifference to consciousness of racial inequality at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church this Sunday, Sept. 14, at 10:30 AM. They ask us to consider,"Can Humans Override Their Reptilian Brain?"
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"Finding African Americans in Historic Newspapers" Special Presentation in Suitland Sept. 20, 1 PM

This was shared from AAHGS, Proince George's County Chapter:

The event, sponsored by five AAHGS Chapters, will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Suitland Family History Center, 5300 Auth Road, Suitland, MD 20746.  We ask that you distribute the flyer to friends family, neighbors, libraries, organizations,etc.  Please feel free to submit the flyer for publication to your local newspaper or various calendars.  Also, please go onto Tim's Facebook Events' Page and talk about your newspaper research successes and challenges. Tim will use some of these submissions during the program.

Download PDF flyer here. ( You may be able to read PDFs in your web browser, depending on your settings and/or plugins. )

Thank you for your assistance in publicizing this event.  Hope to see you soon.

Note: The door prizes are three copies of Tim's book "Finding and Using African American Newspapers".

Jane Taylor Thomas
President
AAHGS-PGCM Chapter
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