@solidarea this is actually a huge interest of mine! yes! I’ve been thinking about how to go about building a childcare collective for awhile now.

@jenirouge

same! i think it's too often a missing element in movement spaces. ive done a fair amount of rad childcare work for left organizations and gatherings. some friends and i have also been tossing around ideas for a collective
Would love to hear your vision!

@solidarea totally agree. I think if organizers aren’t considering children and their caretakers, they’re failing. so many people can’t make it to planning meetings or actions if childcare isn’t provided, and even past that, we have to hold space for the experiences of children and caretakers on a daily basis, to have a sort of "it takes a village" mentality.

@solidarea recently I took one of the led workplace organizing trainings, & when we were talking about inoculation, about answering the fears that people may have around putting themselves at risk to organizing, the concern of parents about having the ability to support their children was a huge thing that came up. no one is going to strike, or anything else related, if they don’t know for sure that if they lose hours, or get fired, that their kids are gonna have food & shelter.

@jenirouge @solidarea seeing all of the food distribution that teachers and supporters did in WV. That was powerful.

@jash @solidarea oh yes! the teachers strikes were such a powerful example of what can be done, even (or maybe especially) on a wildcat basis. the WV strike was such a great instance of community support keeping the strike alive.

@jenirouge @jash

ugh, yes. I've been following the other teacher strikes and hoping that something springs up in Michigan too. It is just as desperate here as elsewhere. I've been working to unionize the charter I work @ for a year + now, but seems like they will probably fire me before we win this fight

@solidarea @jenirouge I’m sorry to hear that’s how it’s looking for you. I would love to hear your assessment of the campaign. Though maybe more privately

@solidarea I personally have a background in early childhood education, and I’ve imagined some combination of organizing preschool teachers & daycare workers—who are overwhelmingly poor women, women of color, single moms—as well as getting people together who are willing and able to provide childcare for one another, for people in the community that can’t access childcare. maybe these things could even be done in conjunction with each other.

@solidarea sorry for so many replies, keep running out of characters—anyway, I’m just really eager to address the material reality & barriers that keep people from revolutionary participation. I see this as the failing of the movement, not the uninitiated people, that we’re not supporting them, and understanding their tangible daily needs.

@solidarea what do you think about radical childcare?

@jash

i think if we are serious about building lasting movements we can't ignore it's importance. theres been recent influx of rad coloring/childrens books and that's great but we need to integrate those materials into comprehensive practices for radicalizing youth. kids internalize capitalistic values/behaviors faster than you might expect and if we don't interrupt it early and effectively then we're only creating more organizing and political education work down the line.

@solidarea all sounds legit to me. I remember being a kid in the 90’s and getting into huge fights with my lefty father because I wanted the right brands displayed on my clothes and he was trying to figure out if there were any sneakers still made in the US.

@jash

word. very relatable. my Marxist dad also didn't understand my pre-teen obsession with owning all the correctly logo'd gear.

even toddlers get caught up in "that's mine," "they're ugly," "i need this now," etc.

@solidarea yeah. I have a toddler. They a lil learning machines, and the world is full of awful lessons.

@jash

but im sure you are full of wonderful lessons that tip the balance :blobcheer:

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