If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.
Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon
I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.
In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.
I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.
Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.
And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.
Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.
Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.
Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.
Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.
Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.
The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.
That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.
The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.
Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.
As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.
still relevant today
Linda Gauthier’s last mammogram was 8 years ago. She says she was told it was because she can’t stand up to reach the machines.
When she called the Health Ministry to complain, she says she was told that all the machines in Quebec are capable of lowering to sitting height.
Gauthier is president of RAPLIQ, she says this is symptomatic of widespread discrimination towards the disabled within the healthcare system.—
Wheelchair using women denied mammograms
It’s wrong either way, but somehow harder to fathom that the machines are wheelchair-accessible but wheelchair users are still turned away from potentially life-saving medical screening.
[Image: Two photos. One showing many Brown people, mostly men, inside a small room with silver foil blankets, some laying, some standing. The other shows. An outdoor cage filled to capacity with more people, men, women, and children at night with a chain and padlock around the door.]
New photos depict horrific conditions at border detention center
June 17, 2014
New photos released by Rep. Henry Cuellar’s (D-Texas) office depict the unsanitary and cramped living conditions that undocumented immigrants, many of whom are unaccompanied children, are experiencing in a detention center near the U.S.-Mexico border.
The photos were first published by Business Insider on Monday. Cuellar’s office declined to tell the website who took the photos and where exactly they were taken.
President Barack Obama has previously called the buildup of unaccompanied minors at temporary border facilities an “urgent humanitarian situation,” and the government has directed considerable resources to housing and caring for the children. Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, is supposed to turn over minors to the Department of Health and Human Services within three days, but many children are remaining in detention facilities for longer periods due to the massive influx.
Breitbart Texas released photos of the crisis in early June that showed the undocumented immigrants living in tight, hard-floored spaces. CBP is currently investigating reports that minors have been mistreated at those facilities.
Cuellar, who toured a detention facility in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday with local officials, said in a press release on Monday that he believes federal officers “are doing all that they can under the circumstances to ensure every migrant is treated with dignity and respect.”
"There is no strong protocol in place for dealing with Central American immigrants and some of the most important work left is to improve the process for returning them to their home countries," he said. “The United States needs to do a better job in working with Mexico to strengthen their southern border and to work with the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.”
Vice President Joe Biden is set to travel to Latin America on Friday and will address the surge at the border.
Obama can call this an urgent humanitarian situation all he’d like. His record number of deportations speaks louder than any meaningless lip service.
Nearly 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the border & detained in these torturous conditions since Oct. 1. This is a state-sanctioned humanitarian crisis & government child abuse.
these pictures make me so angry and sad.
For reference, there are laws that won’t let us treat DOGS like this. Dogs. But we’ll treat human beings even worse?
This is not acceptable.
white people: mike brown robbed that store!
Lawyer: no he didn’t
Store owners: nope
Eye witnesses: nah
white people: MIKE BROWN ROBBED THAT STORE
people who are paying attention: hey hey did you know that robbing a store is not actually grounds for an extrajudicial execution anyway
13 Cops Dispatched to Arrest One 15-year-old Girl, Because a Cop ‘Smelled Weed’
Do not sleep on this, this type of police ‘service’ happening everywhere.
They threatened to taser a mother and her baby because she tried to ask police to stop hurting a 15 year old girl.
A 15 year old girl was held without medical attention in a county jail for days with just ice packs and aspirin.
No urinalysis, no blood test, no anything but an officer smelled weed.
America’s war on drugs has always been a war against the black and brown citizens of this country.
All they want an excuse to kill us, harm us and make us feel less than what we are.
Don’t let them at any and all costs.
[Image: Eight photos showing four different models of different races and body types on a beach in swimsuit and bikinis posing in various ways.]
Robyn Lawley, Jada Sezer, and Gabi Gregg for Swimsuits For All.
Now THIS is how you sell a fucking bikini.
WHAT WHAT LEGIT CHUBBY GIRLS IN ADS?! NOT JUST HOLLYWOOD CHUBBY BUT FOR REALS CHUBBY THANK YOU BLESS
my favorite part about this ad is that it’s just a bikini ad, not a ‘plus size bikini’ ad
THANK YOU. THIS IS HOW THIS IS DONE. JESUS ALL OTHER CLOTHING PEOPLE WAS THAT SO HARD?
Also? The black bikini the shortest model has on? I NEED THAT FOR MYSELF. MAKE IT BE ON MAH BOD-DAY.
- Mike Brown’s mom laid flowers where he was shot and police let a dog pee on the memorial site
- “Stand Up Against Racism" demonstration outside US Embassy in London
- Police claim to have no records of arrests of journalists
- Illinois school bans discussions of Mike Brown’s death
- Gov. Nixon introduces new Public Safety Director
- Push for police to wear body cameras continues
- Jon Stewart on Ferguson
dont forget. dont lose momentum. demand change.
Vegans are cool.
Omnivores are cool.
You’re all cool.
No, meat-eaters support the needless suffering of billions of non-human animals in the name of a taste preference.
it worked guys
was that a summoning spell or what because you could have just said “accio vegan”
not everyone is a wizard check your privelege
the various stages of tumblr in a nutshell
OH MY GOD. Tumblr. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. You wanted to summon vegetables, not vegans. GET IT RIGHT. Now we have vegans and I still ain’t got no lima beans.
Ugh. Tumblr, I’m taking your wands away because I don’t wanna be there on the day when you MEANT accio pianist and it goes HORRIBLY WRONG AND IN PUBLIC.
white people be like he was a thug he deserved to die meanwhile every major white serial killer got due process, a fan club, and a major movie made of they life
[Image: A black man in sunglasses and baseball cat making an “ooh” expression]
ON THIS DAY, NO LIES WERE TOLD.
You can follow journalists on twitter that are on the ground in Ferguson. They are showing what’s really going on an verifying with pics and videos.
This is sad but what’s news they continuously lie to us
Shelly Frey, (pictured) a 27-year-old mother of two has been fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy after he suspected her of shoplifting at a Houston Walmart.
I am SO goddamned tired of this shit.
damn, they won’t let up. we can’t run and we can’t surrender. what do they expect us to do? they killed this woman over what some merchandise? you let out on some garments what twisted universe do you gotta come from when a overtime punching rent-a-cop even bothers to chase and then pull a gun? smh rip because there is nothing but war on this side of the final curtain.
I cannot.. I can’t….
Don’t ever compliment me by insulting other women. That’s not a compliment, it’s a competition none of us agreed to. — "You’re not like other girls." Shut the fuck up. (via cutely-perverted)