Dear Movement Community,
How are you? I am doing good work in amazing places. I'm also having fun ☺
I write to share something important. We need to start discussing how we can end the manipulative cycle of oppression that has been concentrated in the American South. How can we move past the idea that the only place that progress can happen is above the Mason-Dixon line? How can we develop leadership in places that we've long isolated as "too far gone to be saved" without trying to change them into something they are not? How can we deal with the underground economies that have emerged in these places as systems made of real human beings instead of criminals?
If we don't, the current and future impact to our work will be an America where wage slavery, inequality, and terror as social policy is an expected norm not just nationally, but internationally. Southern states currently serve as incubators for terrible political and social ideas and these "experiments" are being used to incorrectly define the birthplaces of many of our social movements toward equality. I'm confident that our friends and family who live there know this history as the real definition of these places, but we need to make sure that the rest of America knows it as well.
One last thing, I love you and I don't really know you (well, I kinda know one of you.) Take good care of yourselves and each other. :)
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United