Monthly Archives: April 2012

Minimum Wage

The divorced mother labors thirty-five weeks in a car wash for $7.65 an hour while her three children are cared for my an over-extended day care worker. At nights she cares for her sister’s two kids as well as her … Continue reading

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Hunger

I waited on our front porch in Colorado everyday, willing the mailman to bring me my child support check. The trees where the starlings roosted hovered over the porch roof. I was a single mother with three young children, and … Continue reading

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On Justice, Part 2

Teresa, a undocumented immigrant working in the nurseries of Illinois, told me her story of crossing from Mexico into the United States. The trip took place before the border became as militarized as it is today: “Diego, my husband, came … Continue reading

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Justice, Part 1

Mary Tsukamoto, a small woman of sixty-six when I interviewed her in 1982, described to me the sufferings of her Japanese immigrant parents during the first decades of the twentieth century. She cried unself-consciously as she talked about the life … Continue reading

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