Days of brass, lives of gold
My approach is that of an activist. I want to learn more about the women I have been working with so that I can work more effectively with them. I want to advance my political work. And because I have come to have a deep affection for them, I do not want to stand totally outside their lives.
In practice this means that I “organize” among the people with whom I work and that they are involved in editorial, linguistic and publication decisions, and that should any money ever accrue to me out of this work, it will be shared with the people who made it possible in the first place.
This is not just because people are tired of being ripped off, of having others win degrees or fame on the back of their daily struggle to stay alive, but also as self-conscious feminists and Marxists we can no longer allow our work to serve to further oppress people. The most fundamental subjective fact about the operation of class is the difference in options which working class and middle class women have. Those of us with options must begin to convert them into useful tools for working class people.
We cannot serve the people by denying or denigrating our options but we can serve the people by using options in ways which demystify theoretical work and make it a part of everyday consciousness and make it possible for working class people to gain these options too.
In practice this means that we will establish a Board made up of staff members from the National Congress of Neighborhood Women, other women who participated in the College Program, myself and sympathetic “outside” people who will develop the content and plans for distribution of the tapes and written materials. During this process the community women will learn new skills and shape the final product as their own. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
0452: Social work