Abortion , Birth Control , Poverty, Homelessness

Pregnancy isn’t fair.
It only happens in women and not always when they want it.

My conservative friends are talking to their screens right now, explaining that Sex is only for reproduction and any woman who doesn’t want a baby should not be having sex. Unfairly, they are not saying the same thing about men. It is harder for a woman to say she isn’t pregnant or to claim the child who is still fresh from her body is not hers. My father loves the Blonde Joke of the woman who asked the delivery nurse “Is it mine?”. I’ve sat in the maternity ward with an adult male who looked me in the eye to say he was having a Facebook discussion with his friends about if he should admit our daughter is his – and how easily he could deny her without having to face the emotional, and financial change parenting makes to a life.

Absentee Fathers, for whatever reason, are a huge contributor to poverty in women and children.

Children need 24 hour a day monitoring, then there are the costs of food and clothing and those little people take up space so shelter needs change as well. This does not include optional costs of entertainment, school projects, baby supplies (my first child never had a changing table because I didn’t have the room or ability to buy one).

Every time I see a mother at my work, I see an adult human who has taken in the responsibility of the life that came from her. I see many more mom’s than I do dads. You don’t hear “Welfare Dad” for the same reason you don’t hear “Supermodel Brain Surgeon” … it happens, but not frequently enough to be familiar with the concept.

I see hundreds on mothers to young children who are homeless in Los Angeles.

So birth control is free with Medi-Cal. (Medicaid is called that here in California because we like renaming programs to include our state’s name.)

* The ethical debate is that if Hobby Lobby and other companies can refuse birth control options based on their beliefs, should the public push birth control onto women as an option based on their income? *

Abortion services are also covered under the public medical program for the poor. Which is the greater affront to the polite public- birth control or abortion? Or… are we still stuck on the idea that women who are currently poor, or would be if they raised a child, should be banned from the act of sex based on financial factors?

And p.s. where is the public outcry and uprising and political grandstanding demanding that fathers be as responsible as mothers? Republicans, I’m looking at you.

# hobby lobby , abortion, poverty, homeless in Los Angeles

Social Work is Really Paperwork

There are days when no one comes in to the office for a meeting with me. There are no days that I have nothing going on schedule.

70% of social work is really paperwork : filing , sorting , mailing, faxes, emails… . We all have bandages tucked into desk drawers just waiting for the eventual papercuts.

As for me, I’m a big fan of the computer and find small ways to entertain myself , as evidenced by my tab lables.

Spell it out

Sometimes when you work with a marginalized population, you hire from that same pool of clients and they become your coworkers.

This means that your coworker is sometimes a toothless lady to hitched her way across the country to by performing sexual acts on truck drivers.

Clearly, comprising is key. I used to give Spartan notebooks with goals to the people I supervised and have them bring the books to our staff meeting gs and stand up meetings (4 minute before shift chats). Often I would wrote their daily goals and specific appointments in the books to keep people focused and on task.

I still do this for myself, by the way. Sometimes in a notebook like this one, often on my desk in washable marker.

My hitchhiking coworker :became an outstanding advocate for the poor by the way. It helped, she said, to see it in writing that she had someone who believed in her.

Women’s Pay With Education

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Education and ethnicity still not equalize pay for women.

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Still less than pay for men.

So:
1. Research pay for your field of interest.
2. Speak to others who have the job you want and ask about pay and benefits … you will need this to negotiate.
3. Do not ask this of the folks at your possible new employment because the Ledbetter act was squashed.
4. Do not list “open” as the money amount you request as pay when applying for a job
5. Do not list the lowest pay you had heard about as your requested pay.
6. List an amount near the top of the range that you are eligible for and be willing to negotiate.
7. Check on sites like Glassdoor.com for pay and work information.

Why should you believe me? Well, I am the highest paid employee at my job title.

Sterilize Poor People

Oh wait, just the women…because low income women clearly get themselves pregnant with no help from sperms makers known as men.

Seriously Arizona?
Republicans, your driving me crazy with your women’s oppression and criminalization of poverty.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/09/12/conservative-christian-gop-official-sterilize-poor-women-who-get-federal-aid-and-put-them-through-hell-audio/

I’m going to start a list of folks who need to STFU

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Let’s Educate Ourselves… Angry Republican Rant.

F.Y.I. This is where Syria is on the map. Many of my friends are spouting get off about politics today (eyeroll) and the few I asked literally could not locate Syria when I removed the marker.

Of course, some of them were angry our President said ISIL instead of ISIS. Clearly, I know some stupid people who feel really good about themselves for having strong opinions but don’t have real information other than FOX news to back up the or claims.

It seems to me that there is somewhere else in the world where more than just 2 grown male reporters were killed. Isn’t there a place where massacre is going on and babies are being blown to bits?

Oh, I asked someone about the Gaza strip, and no joke, she thought I meant a feminine pad.

What does this have to do with homelessness? People who no longer have standing homes seem pretty homeless to me. So, can we care more than about our own selves just for a minute?

Gaza , politics, fox, faux, watr, politics

Who Earns Minimum Wage

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Half a million workers.
And these are not always temporary jobs.
Think on that.

And then think that it is easy to blame the employees and vilify the poor:but the problem is the lack of jobs.

How do we create more jobs. Real jobs. Real pay.

Do we bring back all the outsourced jobs or do we create more here?

Happy Dance and Carl’s Jr

My clients to found employment at Carl’s Jr. And I got excited because I had someone to talk with about their app.

Oh, and of course this means money to pay for shelter and food and stuff for her, but look, a phone app!

It the little things that bring me joy and remind me I’m a human and not a robot behind a desk

Carl’s Jr , smartphone, homeless, technology