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Author Archives: franleeperbuss
Many years ago my three children and I were nearly homeless. Child support wasn’t coming and I was too sick to work. In addition, no jobs paid enough to pay child care for three children under five. We went from … Continue reading
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
I first saw the title six months ago., “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (1210).” Could it be that the author was comparing our current prison system to the notorious system of … Continue reading
Lilly Baker came from a Kentucky coal working family of thirteen and only went through the fourth grade, but as a child, she helped her mother care for others. At fifteen, she began working with a mountain nurse, and from … Continue reading
Rose Augustine, born in 1936, leaned toward me and said, “I always lived on the Southside, the part of Tucson that is Mexican American. In 1985 a newspaper reporter did a series on water contamination on the Southside. The Hughes … Continue reading