"We are building a movement so we can be a nation that takes care of one another across generations”
"This year is the first year of the "age wave;" every eight seconds, an American will turn 65. In the coming years, more and more members of our communities will need care, just as more and more workers will need quality, dignified jobs. At a time when we desperately need new jobs, new paths to citizenship, and new solutions to persistent crises in care, a broad coalition of people from all walks of life are coming together to push for change.
For the past year, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Jobs with Justice, Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish Funds for Justice (PJA & JFSJ), Family Values at Work Consortium, Center for Community Change, Institute for Policy Studies, AFSCME, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Association, Direct Care Alliance, SEIU, National Employment Law Project, PHI, AFL-CIO and a many other key partners have been working hard to lay the groundwork for a campaign to transform long-term care in the United States for our loved ones who count on the support of caregivers to meet their basic daily needs, the workers who provide the care, and the families who struggle to find and afford quality care for their loved ones.
The campaign has many goals including building a new national movement of care recipients, care providers and families, and to achieve five core policy goals, the "Five Fingers of the Caring Hand," including:
1 The creation of new, quality jobs in home care,
2 Labor standards and improved job quality for the existing jobs and new jobs,
3 Training and career ladders for home care workers,
4 A new visa category and path to citizenship for care workers,
5 Support for individuals and families in need of support and care, including a matching registry and maintaining and creating new funding streams.
The campaign will support the creation of "Care Councils" in cities around the country, as well as town hall gatherings called "Care Congresses," to bring together care recipients, care workers and their families to share stories and work together in local communities to realize our dreams for care in America.
Caring Across Generations will also engage voters, young and aging, on the policy goals and values of the campaign, as well as related efforts to protect and expand workers rights, work-family balance and the existing safety net for the aging and people with disabilities."
To view more photos go to www.flickr.com/DignidadRebelde
To learn more and support the campaign here: http://www.caringacrossgenerations.org/
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I have used the stone image of Coatlicue in my artwork, sometimes juxtaposing it with other powerful women, I even used it in our wedding invitations. Coatlicue, the mother of creation, of gods, of the stars and the moon, she is the grandmother. She represents the power of the female energy and the life we are given as well as the death that comes to everyone. I wanted to place Coatlicue in the stars and I used a repeating pattern from Tlatilco culture in Mexico, in the patten I see snakes in the star patterns that represents her place in the Universe. I have also been very inspired to use use these repeating patterns from Mexico, many of them represent early printmaking techniques in Mexico that were used on a variety of surfaces.
Friday, September 16th 7:00pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA
*admission includes receiving a poster created by Dignidad Rebelde!
Honoring the living legacy of the 40th anniversaries of George Jackson's assassination and the Attica prison uprising, Drawing Inspiration 40 years and Counting: Living the Legacy of Attica and George Jackson features the work and wisdom of Bay Area culture workers influenced by these events. The event will include conversation and live performances demonstrating how the sparks lit 40 years ago continue to burn bright. Featuring:
& Eugene Thomas
This event is a fundraiser for Critical Resistance and EastSide Arts Alliance.
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This is a new screen printed poster for “After The Gold Rush: Reflections and Postscripts on the National Chicano Moratorium of August 29th, 1970” an exhibit at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles. This print is a collaboration with Melanie Cervantes. I used one of her photos of Karen, a young organizer from the Xicana Moratorium Coalition, taken at the Stop the Gang Injunctions rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Downtown Oakland, March 2011.
I had a lot ideas for this design, but I was certain that I wanted to have a woman represented in the image. When I found Melanie's image I was really excited because I thought it was a great idea to feature an image of a young organizer who at the forefront of organizing against one of the biggest issues affecting our communities: Gang Injunctions. Throughout California and the rest of the country, youth of color in our communities are being targeted and criminalized and getting caught up in the criminal "justice" system.
This was a really fun poster to design, I was really honored to have our poster represent an exhibit with such a impressive line up of artists from the greater L.A. area.
This is the photo I used for the poster, you can see more of Melanie's pictures from the Stop the Gang Injunctions Rally here at our Flickr page.
This is just before the last color was printed, if you notice the pink at the bottom this was also printed underneath the light blue to achieve the pattern effect in the background.This is a cool way to get extra color with out having to print another layer.
This is the screen used to print the last color.
Aqui Estamos, Y No Nos Vamos: Luchando por Gente, Tierra y Libertad!
"The message for this year's Xicana Moratorium Day is to remind people that Raza youth and families are here to stay, not just in Oakland and through out the southwest, but on this land. Raza have witnessed first hand the criminalization of our families, the degradation of our right to eat, to culture, to shelter, to education and to healthly living. Local, national, and international politics continue to repress our communities from speaking these realities and from living free. Our community have been under attack for over 500 years , and more recently we have seen how local policies like Gang Injunctions and federal programs like "Secure Communities" not only criminalize our gente for being brown but are also used as tool to displace our families and communities and tear our families apart. Our families and our children continue to be victims of repression and intimidation in our own homes by police forces. Despite the attacks, our people have never stopped resisting. The battle is not over and it is our duty and our need to fight back, resist and win."
Here are a few moments that I managed to capture from Xicana Moratorium Day last Sunday.
This is the trumpet player from Tamborazo Costa Alegre. They marched off the stage and played on the grass. It was awesome.
There was a dance contest. People really had some moves. Check out these two whose outfits and moves are coordinated.
Xicanas in the park.
A group picture of some of the crew from the Xicana Moratorium Coalition (XMC). XMC organizes the event every year.If you would like to see more pictures from the Xicana Moratorium Day and other community and political events visit our flickr site: www.flickr.com/DignidadRebelde
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