#InequalityIs: Ai-jen Poo on building movements to challenge inequality

#InequalityIs: Ai-jen Poo on building movements to challenge inequality


If you look closely all across the country there are the seeds of how everyday people and movements are
transforming inequality. Inequality is one of the most defining issues of our time, but it’s not our future. These are pictures of me with
my grandmother in Taiwan. I really was her shadow. I
followed her around everywhere. This is my grandmother playing
mahjong. She will on occasion let me win. This is Mrs. Sun and
my grandmother. Today my grandmother is 89 and Mrs. Sun takes care of her. I really do see the experience
of caregivers in this country as emblematic of inequality today. The average wages of someone
like Mrs. Sun in this country is $13,000
per year. Compounding that reality of working incredibly hard and
still living in poverty is the fact that a tremendous
number of our caregivers are immigrants,
undocumented immigrants trapped in the shadows without basic labor protections. And that is what we
have to transform. The reason why I believe
we can transform inequality is because I’ve seen
the power and the magic of what happens
when people come together and decide to build a movement together. We actually have as a country common dreams to have access to opportunity, to take care of
our families, to learn, to love. Social movements allow us to have a collective expression
of those dreams.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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