NYC Cuts All Adult and Family Literacy Programs, RALLY TOMORROW

01.06.2011 § 1 Comment

The NYCAL Rally is Thursday, June 2nd
11:00-12:30 pm at City Hall

Bring banners and signs if you can, and remember that there will be undocumented immigrants and children participating in the rally, and that we are trying to foreground the participation of these communities and ensure their safety and comfort.
                      The City of New York made the decision to eliminate all Family Literacy programs funded by the Department of Youth and Community Services. This decision came suddenly, and although the final budget will not be ratified until June 30th, the city seems determined to end all funding to family literacy. This will affect not only my program, but all of the 20-odd programs that rely on the DYCD for their funding around the city. An example is Family Literacy program at PS 92 in EastElmhurst, Queens. The program provides English-language instruction to immigrant parents, arts and literacy instruction to their elementary-aged children, and whole-family arts and literacy instruction, as well as art therapy, educational case management, and other supplemental services.
                  This comes as a huge blow to the families who have come to rely on these programs. Considering that most of our participants are undocumented women of color and children, it seems like this decision is more of an act of political expediency on the city’s part rather than well-considered budget policy. As is the case with budget cuts and austerity measures occurring worldwide, the city seems to be targeting the populations that are already the most marginalized, and that are perceived as being the least likely to resist. This is also not just about one program. Important services are being cut everywhere. Adult literacy and homework help programs are being eliminated at the library immediately around the corner from the school that is losing the PS 92 program. Taken together, these cuts constitute an assault on working-class and immigrant families, as well as the mostly young, non-unionized educational and social service workers who staff these programs.
               Family Literacy programs in the city are holding a rally with the New York Coalition for Adult Literacy to resist cuts to Family Literacy, ESOL, GED and Adult Basic Literacy programs across the city. This rally is important not only in order to attempt to reverse these decisions before the budget is ratified, but to support program participants in claiming political power in the face of callous political decisions that assume the complacency of workers, students, immigrants, and women of color.

Mother sets fire to her daughter’s gloating rapist

29.05.2011 § Leave a comment

A Spanish mother has taken revenge on the man who raped her 13-year-old daughter at knifepoint by dousing him in petrol and setting him alight. He died of his injuries in hospital on Friday.

Antonio Cosme Velasco Soriano, 69, had been sent to jail for nine years in 1998, but was let out on a three-day pass and returned to his home town of Benejúzar, 30 miles south of Alicante, on the Costa Blanca.

While there, he passed his victim’s mother in the street and allegedly taunted her about the attack. He is said to have called out “How’s your daughter?”, before heading into a crowded bar.

Shortly after, the woman walked into the bar, poured a bottle of petrol over Soriano and lit a match. She watched as the flames engulfed him, before walking out.

The woman fled to Alicante, where she was arrested the same evening. When she appeared in court the next day in the town of Orihuela, she was cheered and clapped by a crowd, who shouted “Bravo!” and “Well done!”

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Gay couples more socially acceptable than single moms.

24.03.2011 § Leave a comment

In a Recent survey, “The Decline of Marriage and the Rise of New Families.” Of the 2,691 Americans who took this survey, 43 percent considered an increase of gay and lesbian parenting to be ‘a bad thing’ while 69 percent thought the same of single mothering.


so obviously, as the writer points out, this is raced and classed from the get. The gay couple featured is white and male. Single moms are predominantly women of color in the US.

As long as you are white and rich, you’re okay? Or that people value the ‘normalcy’ of 2-parent households, whiteness and middle-class-ness more than they understand/respect/whatever the situation or role of single mothers? plus the implied racialization of “single mothers” as women of color turns this into a telling example of how strong the notion of “woc = poor, bad mothers” still prevails.

and the idea that cismen can just do it better, queer or otherwise?  If I recall correctly single dad households weren’t targeted in this dialogue. It seems like in addition to considering white, wealthy, two parent households the “norm/ ideal/ best/ etc” there is this implication that not-men can’t parent unless there is a white, wealthy cisman involved.


Pew’s executive summary tells us, point blank, how these attitudes shake out:

“Where people stand on the various changes in marriage and family life depends to some degree on who they are and how they live.

The young are more accepting than the old of the emerging arrangements; the secular are more accepting than the religious; liberals are more accepting than conservatives; the unmarried are more accepting than the married; and, in most cases, blacks are more accepting than whites.”

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