Working.Org :- Studs Terkel, Alan Saks, & Ai-jen Poo

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Studs Terkel

 

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Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

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Ai-jen Poo (Chinese: 蒲艾真; pinyin: Pú Àizhēn, pronounced / ˌaɪ d͡ʒn puː/) (born 1974) is an American activist. She is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

She is also the co-director of Caring Across Generations, a national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working to transform the long-term care system in the US, with a focus on the needs of aging Americans, people with disabilities, and their caregivers.

She is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award.

In February 2015, The New Press released her book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

 

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On any given day you could walk into any neighborhood, look around at the houses and apartments, and not know which homes are also workplaces.  On the other side of these doors, there is a quiet army of mostly women – often women of color – working. Their work is skilled and emotional, difficult and rewarding, critical and yet invincible.

They care for our children, ensuring that they receive attention and nurturing during some of the most formative years of their development.  They support people with disabilities to live full, independent lives.  And, they enable our aging loved ones to live in their communities, aging at home on their own terms, even as they are more frail.  This growing workforce of Professional caregivers makes all other work possible, yet their work exists just below the threshold of our public policy and popular imagination.  It is ever-present and still invisible.

This invisibility has defined domestic work for as long as anyone can remember, and more of us are becoming part of the story.  Our cultural notion of productivity and value is associated with a time in history when we produced more things we could touch. 

Today, much of our workforce produces services.  We cook, serve, and deliver dinner.  We drive people to work.  We keep people healthy.  We help people find new clothes.  We assist.  We care.  Harder to hold than the goods of old, we produce time, health information, and peace of mind for other people.

Yet somehow in our human service-driven economy our very humanity is invisible.  Our contributors have become less visible and our work less valuable.  We serve more and connect less.  What we have left is a few winners and too many losers locked in a profound battle over the dignity and value of work itself.  How could so many of us be worth so little.

But, the story does not end here.  Each day, each moment, is a beginning.  At any point, we can choose to see one another.  You who drive the bus – I see you.  You who checks me in for my flight – good morning.  You who rises before the sun to brew coffee for me and thousands of others on the way to work – thank you.  You who helps children cross the street – thankful for you.  We see one another, and we realize we need each other.  We awaken to to the possibility that it is humankind – you and I – whose work makes this world. We can remake it again and again.  We can decide that all work has dignity – beginning with the least visible among us; all life has value – and become fully human in the process.

Ryan White

 

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Listening to MJ & Ryan White

Michael Jackson – Gone Too Soon (Official Video)
Channel :- MichaelJacksonVEVO
Published On :- 2009-Oct-2nd
Released as a single on the fifth annual World AIDS Day, Michael Jackson’s “Gone Too Soon” short film celebrates the life of Michael’s friend, AIDS activist Ryan White. The song was recorded by Michael to honor his friend who passed away while Michael was in the process of recording the Dangerous album.
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References

  1. Hemaware – The Bleeding Disorders Magazine
    • Remembering Ryan White
      Teen’s AIDS advocacy endures 30 years after his diagnosis
      Author: Sarah Aldridge, MS
      NOVEMBER 15, 2014
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    • How Modern Medicine Has Tackled HIV
      New drugs provide strong defense
      Author: Sarah Aldridge
      FEBRUARY 6, 2013
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Nabeel & Michelle Qureshi – “The Wind and the Waves still know his name”

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Michelle Qureshi

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The Wind and the Waves still know his name

You cannot walk this alone

Nabeel Qureshi

He is sovereign and I love him

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Hazem Farraj

God has not changed

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  1. Nabeel Qureshi
    • God is a God of Love
      Nabeel’s word from a video made by Nabeel Qureshi’s great friend, David Wood
      Published On :- 2017-Sept-26th
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    • His Prayer before passing away
      Channel :- CBN News
      Published :- 2017-Sept-18th
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    • NABEEL QURESHI (1983-2017) – VLOG IN 4 Minutes
      Channel :- Natha
      Published :- 2017-Sept-18th
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    • Vlog 24 – Ayah and Mark Mittelberg
      In this unnecessarily emotional video, I discuss some thoughts that arose after the visit of my good friend Mark Mittelberg and give you a quick glimpse of my daughter Ayah
      Channel :- NQ Ministries
      Published :- 2017-April-13th
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  2. Michelle Qureshi
    • Vlog 30 – Michelle’s Thoughts and Advice
      In this video I ask my bride Michelle some questions about this season of life, and some thoughts to share with others going through similar situations.
      Published On :- 2017-May-23rd
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    • Vlog 44 – A More Glorious End
      Published On :- 2017-Sept-26th
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  3. Amir Yunas
    • A Tribute to Nabeel Qureshi
      Nabeels Life summarized by his true childhood friend. I Don’t promote the teachings of Nabeel whatsoever, however, this is childhood friend, and I feel sad, so I shared my heart. NOTE: Please turn ON subtitles to get a translation to the Arabic Poetry. At the end of my few words is a photo tribute to Nabeel’s Life and the translation to the Arabic Poem.
      Published On :- 2017-Sept-18th

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  4. Nabeel’s Dad
    • Vlog 33 – A Very Special Guest: My Dad!
      In this Vlog I introduce my Abba, give a clarification on my shirt, and an update on my health 🙂 Immunotherapy on Monday!
      Published On :- 2017-June-9th
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  5. Ravi Zacharias
    • Ravi Zacharias Eulogy at Nabeel Qureshi’s Funeral
      Published On :- 2017-Sept-21st
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pInterest

  1. Daniel Adeniji
    • Nabeel & Michelle Qureshi
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David Brooks – Republicans Can’t Pass Bills

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There are many different flavors of freedom. For example, there is freedom as capacity and freedom as detachment.

Freedom as capacity means supporting people so they have the ability to take advantage of life’s opportunities. You encourage your friend to stick with piano practice so he will have the freedom to really play. You support your child during high school so she will have the liberty to pick her favorite college.

Freedom as detachment is giving people space to do their own thing. It’s based on the belief that people flourish best when they are unimpeded as much as possible. Freedom as detachment is marked by absence — the absence of coercion, interference and obstacles.

Back when the Republican Party functioned as a governing party it embraced both styles of freedom, but gave legislative priority to freedom of capacity. Look at the Republicans’ major legislative accomplishments of the past 30 years. They used government to give people more capacities.

In 1990, George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act, which gave disabled people more freedom to move about society. In 1996, Republicans passed and Bill Clinton signed a welfare reform law that tied benefits to work requirements so that recipients would develop the skills they need to succeed in the labor force. In 2003, Republicans passed a law giving Americans a new prescription drug benefit, which used market mechanisms to give them more control over how to use it.

These legislative accomplishments were about using government in positive ways to widen people’s options. They aimed at many of the same goals as Democrats — broader health coverage, lower poverty rates — but relied on less top-down mechanisms to get there.

Over the past few decades Republicans cast off the freedom-as-capacity tendency. They became, exclusively, the party of freedom as detachment. They became the Get Government Off My Back Party, the Leave Us Alone Coalition, the Drain the Swamp Party, the Don’t Tread on Me Party.

Philosophically you can embrace or detest this shift, but one thing is indisputable: It has been a legislative disaster. The Republican Party has not been able to pass a single important piece of domestic legislation under this philosophic rubric. Despite all the screaming and campaigns, all the government shutdown fiascos, the G.O.P. hasn’t been able to eliminate a single important program or reform a single important entitlement or agency.

Today, the G.O.P. is flirting with its most humiliating failure, the failure to pass a health reform bill, even though the party controls all the levers of power. Worse, Republicans have managed to destroy any semblance of a normal legislative process along the way.

There are many reasons Republicans have been failing as a governing party, but the primary one is intellectual. The freedom-as-detachment philosophy is a negative philosophy. It is about cutting back, not building.

A party operating under this philosophy is not going to spawn creative thinkers who come up with positive new ideas for how to help people. It’s not going to nurture policy entrepreneurs. It’s not going to respect ideas, period. This is not a party that’s going to produce a lot of modern-day versions of Jack Kemp.

Second, Republican voters may respond to the freedom-as-detachment rhetoric during campaigns. It feels satisfying to say that everything would be fine if only those stuck-up elites in Washington got out of the way. But operationally, most Republicans support freedom-as-capacity legislation.

If you’re a regular American, the main threats to your freedom are illness, family breakdown, social decay, technological disruption and globalization. If you’re being buffeted by massive forces beyond your control, you don’t want legislation that says: Guess what? You’re on your own!

The Republicans could have come up with a health bill that helps people cope with illness and nurtures their capacities, a bill that offers catastrophic care to the millions of American left out of Obamacare, or health savings accounts to encourage preventive care. Republicans could have been honest with the American people and said, “We’re proposing a bill that preserves Obamacare and tries to make it sustainable.” They could have touted some of the small reforms that are in fact buried in the Senate bill.

But this is the Drain the Swamp Party. The Republican centerpiece is: “We’re going to cut your Medicaid.”

So now we have a health care bill that everybody hates. It has a 17 percent approval rating. It has no sponsors, no hearings, no champions and no advocates. As usual, Republican legislators have got themselves into a position where they have to vote for a bill they all despise. And if you think G.O.P. dysfunction is bad now, wait until we get to the debt ceiling wrangle, the budget fight and the tax reform crackup.

Sure, Donald Trump is a boob, but that doesn’t explain why Republicans can’t govern from Capitol Hill. The answer is that we’re living at a time when the prospects for the middle class are in sharp decline. And Republicans offer nothing but negativity, detachment, absence and an ax.

What the dying really regret

 

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Dying regret body hate, by Kerry Egan
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/16/health/dying-regret-body-hate/

“I know I’m supposed to hate my body,” the patient said in her soothing Southern drawl.

She pushed away her lunch, a brown lump and pile of orange. Her son spent a lot of money to have low-fat, no-sodium, no-sugar, low-calorie meals delivered to the house while he was at work and she was home alone.

They looked like piles of wet rocks.

“I really could die happy if I was allowed just one more bite of caramel cake,” she said with a sigh. The woman was dying of cancer, and I was her chaplain. “I don’t suppose you have any?”

“No, sorry. But why are you supposed to hate your body?”

“Well, Kerry,” she looked incredulous that I even asked and laughed. “Because I’m fat!”

She ran her soft hands over her ponderous breasts and her mounding, cancer-ridden belly. She spilled over the sides of her recliner. “I’ve known that since I was little.” She examined the crocheted blanket on her lap.

“Everyone told me — my family, my school, my church. When I got older, magazines and salesgirls and boyfriends (told me), even if they didn’t say so out loud. The world’s been telling me for 75 years that my body is bad. First for being female, then for being fat and then for being sick.”

She looked up and this time tears trembled along her bottom eyelids.

“But the one thing I never did understand is, why does everyone else want me to hate my body? What does it matter to them?”

There are many regrets and unfulfilled wishes that patients have shared with me in the months before they die. But the stories about the time they waste hating their bodies, abusing it or letting it be abused — the years people spend not appreciating their body until they are close to leaving it — are some of the saddest.

Because unlike the foolish or best-intentioned mishaps, the terrible accidents, the slip-ups that irrevocably change a life, this regret is not a tragic mistake. It’s intentional. It’s something other people teach them to feel about their bodies; it’s something other people want them to believe.

Sometimes, it’s based on their allegedly unattractive physical features. They might be ashamed of their weight, their body hair, their thin lips or droopy eyes.

But this body hatred can also come from a religious belief about the sinfulness of their bodies. It isn’t always the media and peer pressure that create this shame; sometimes it comes from a pastor or Sunday school teacher, or lessons at home that begin at birth and seep in along with mother’s milk. Some women grow up thinking that their very existence in a body that might be sexually attractive to someone else is cause for shame — that their bodies make bad things happen just by existing.

Either way, the result of the messages is the same: They lived their lives thinking their bodies were something to tolerate at best, something to criticize, to despise, at worst — a problem they could never correct.

Too often, it’s only as a patient realizes that he or she will lose their body that they finally appreciate how truly wonderful it is.

“I am going to miss this body so much,” a different patient, many decades younger, told me.

She held her hands up in the dim light that seeped through the sunshade on the window. She stared at them as though she had never seen them before.

“I’d never admit it to my husband and kids, but more than anything else, it’s my own body I’ll miss most of all. This body that danced and ate and swam and had sex and made babies. It’s amazing to think about it. This body actually made my children. It carried me through this world.”

She put her hands down.

“And I’m going to have to leave it. I don’t have a choice. And to think I spent all those years criticizing how it looked and never noticing how good it felt — until now when it never feels good.”

It isn’t just health that they wish they had appreciated. It’s the very experience of being in a body, something you likely take for granted until faced with the reality that you won’t have a body soon. No matter what you believe happens after death, be it an afterlife, reincarnation or nothing at all, the fact remains: You will no longer be able to experience this world in this body, ever again.

People who are dying face that reality every day.

So they talk about their favorite memories of their bodies. About how the apples they stole from the orchard on the way home from school tasted, and how their legs and lungs burned as they ran away. The feel of the water the first time they went skinny-dipping. The smell of their babies’ heads. The breeze on their skin the first time they made love outside.

And dancing. I’ve heard so many stories about dancing: USO dances during World War II; shagging at South Carolina beach houses; long, exuberant nights dancing at roadhouses and discos and barns. I can’t count the number of times people — more men than women — have closed their eyes and said, “If I had only known, I would have danced more.”

While these wishes and regrets are sad for each individual, they raise questions about how we all live our lives.

What does it mean that so many voices out there insist that the body is something to despise because it is too fat, sinful, ugly, sexual, old or brown? That we teach each other, in thousands of blatant and quiet ways, to think we are shameful? That our bodies are something to be overcome, beaten into submission or to be despised?

How do these voices telling us that we are supposed to hate our bodies affect our notions of how we care for the sick, disabled, elderly, children, mothers, soldiers, workers, immigrants, men and women? What we believe about our bodies affects how we treat other bodies, and how we treat each other’s bodies is how we treat each other.

“You know what, Kerry?” my cake-loving patient asked as she ran the sleeve of her nightgown across her eyes. “Even though I was fat, even though I got pregnant when I was wasn’t married, even though I’ve had this cancer for 20 years, and I haven’t had any hair in years … I don’t hate my body. They were wrong, and they always have been.

“I thought I was going to die for so long, I figured it out. And that’s why I’ve been happy anyway. I just need to figure out how to get some caramel cake into the house.”

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Live like you are dying
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9TShlMkQnc