Category Archives: Poverty

Which Side Are You On?

John & Viola Smith Bloody Harlan County In 1980 the immaculate old woman told me, “We sneaked out in the middle of the night. Just took the children and fled. Left everything and everyone I knowed.” Earlier Joanne, an activist … Continue reading

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God in Prison

“I Hollered at God” “I hollered at God,” Maria Elena told me as we began to drive my rental car towards the immigration office. Maria Elena continued, “Dear God, Where are you! If there is a God, where are you?” … Continue reading

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A Special Sense of Justice

Nine Thousand Poor Mexican Americans Outraged at the news, Rose Augustine and her best friend called a neighborhood meeting in South Tucson. They made coffee and handouts for 40, but 9,000 poor Mexican American lined up outside the door. A … Continue reading

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Geography of Hope

Memory I have a memory. It is of a friend so cut off from all that was accepted that she seems almost a breath, but she was important. I remember her face right as the tips of our breasts began … Continue reading

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“Dead Negroes in Swamp”

[June 7, 2020: This will add history to the events of the past two weeks.] White Mob Closes In Mary Robinson and I were writing a book about her life. The daughter of African American share croppers in Alabama, she … Continue reading

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God Gave You a Big Mouth

Snake Running Loose The first time I visited Irene Mack Pyawasit, a Menominee Native Woman living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was in the early evening of one of the first days of spring in 1979. I drove into the alley of … Continue reading

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Prisoners and Peas

The Values of Her Mother Mary Robinson, an African American woman from Alabama, was 57 years-old when we talked in 2000. I was an oral historian, and my tape recorder ran on a nearby chair. Mary described a terrifying experience … Continue reading

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The Vow

The Wound The nearly grown corn glistened in the sun and seemed to speak to me. Its whispers may have saved my life. Blood still flowed from the wound between my legs. However, that wound was private. I could barely … Continue reading

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The Crack in the Sky

Behind a Tree “When I was a little girl, and we were working as farm workers in Portage, Ohio, I remember that they had found workers stealing food from the comisario,” Maria Elena Lucas began. “We were hungry too, but … Continue reading

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