Talkin’ Union…”What I mean is, take it easy, but take it.”

I think we’re in a real moment of possibility here. I have to think so. I know that things look bad for us, that we’re in a position of vulnerability and division. But it won’t always be like this. We have to just take the moment we’re in and see it for what it is: fucked. But it’s also just one moment in history. There were times when things were even worse and we didn’t have the luxury of mass, instantaneous communication or an historical legacy of struggle. Things are bad for everyone. We don’t get any sympathy from any arbitrator, or legislator or any other kind of -ator. We have very few options right now. But as the old heads have mentioned to me, he who runs away, lives to fight another day. I hate that, but it’s got its practical applications. So for now, pretend like it’s 1935 and we’re getting ready for a four-year-long drive of education and solidarity building. There are so many of us down here on the bottom, and so many more coming in, that it is time for all hands on deck. Education, solidarity, bridge-building. I can not overstate the importance of these things right now. Pretend like it’s the 1930s…the bosses act like it is, we should be responding with similar. We know we can’t get any more now than what we’re getting, but we should also keep in mind that it doesn’t mean that we have to volunteer to give anything else up. We want: libraries, resources, information, representation. We have these rights, we demand these things. Because the next four years are going to be fought in the trenches. We need to arm ourselves accordingly. If the weapons used against the working class are fear, misinformation and intimidation, then we must counter with boldness, truth and solidarity. This isn’t the end of any fight, but the beginning of one. So like my man Pete Seeger said in the song, “Take it easy. But take it.”

In Solidarity,

Stepchild in the Promised Land

 

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About Stepchild in the Promised Land: Notes from a Tier-Two Autoworker

A third-generation Detroiter, Wayne State grad, mother and tier-two autoworker.
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