Story as a Practice of Imagining: The Day Immigrants Took Over

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The Mayday Festival of Resistance took place at Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Pictured from left to right: Sandy Nurse, Josh Carrera, Nitty Scott, Zyad Hammad

“In all shapes and sizes, beauty is recognized
Goddess and queens is what we use to describe
Now Michelle Alexander wrote the new constitution
Beyoncé made the music for the revolution
Imagine it, a world more compassionate”
– Common, The Day Women Took Over

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The Hidden Tax of Our Work


If emotions and intellect were currency, I may soon be going broke. As a person of color from a working class background, I feel like I often pay an emotional or intellectual tax when I am engaged in social change work with those that claim to want change but show up half-heartedly, especially in predominantly white institutions. This tax is a result of the contradictions of trying to enact change within the existing system and leaving the hard work to folks from marginalized backgrounds. The tax increases as I am asked to be involved but never given any real power to create structural change. The most recent example I have is dealing with the unintended consequences of organizational white culture at a previous job.

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