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By Mary Gordon

Anna Gagliano Gordon, who died in 2002 on the age of ninety four, was once the personification of the tradition of the mid-century American Catholic operating type. A hard-working unmarried mom -- Mary Gordon's father died while she was once nonetheless a lady -- she controlled to carry down a role, gown neatly, bring up her daughter on her personal, and worship the wonder in existence with a shocking joie de vivre. Bringing her unheard of expertise for aspect, personality, and scene to undergo at the lifetime of her mom, Gordon offers us a deeply felt and powerfully relocating ebook approximately their dating. towards the tip of Anna's lifestyles, we watch the writer deal with her mom in outdated age, commencing to reclaim from reminiscence the brilliant girl who helped her sail forth into her personal existence.

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Circling My Mother

Anna Gagliano Gordon, who died in 2002 on the age of ninety four, used to be the personification of the tradition of the mid-century American Catholic operating classification. A hard-working unmarried mom -- Mary Gordon's father died while she used to be nonetheless a lady -- she controlled to carry down a task, costume neatly, elevate her daughter on her personal, and worship the wonder in lifestyles with a stunning joie de vivre.

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This stance led me to detect the hypocrisy of elite education in the United States as I won scholarships to various Ivy League institutions. Educational scholarships were not a favor of benevolent whites for unprepared minorities but belated recompense for killing (literally and spiritually) so many talented and gifted people of color. I quickly realized that my opportunities at Columbia University were directly tied to the sacrifices of illiterate sharecroppers during the Civil Rights movement.

It’s not fair for your mother to die when you’re nine years old. I have never gotten over it. I never will. Because my family had education, because they had drive, and because they pooled their resources, we did not grow up in poverty. , uppity, stuck up]. We were a working-class, lower-middle-class family. When we were six years old, in first grade, our family made a decision to become homeowners. We moved from a house that we rented to a house that they bought and owned. It was a two-family house, 18 Ain’t G on n a Let N ob o dy Tur n Me Aro un d by no means luxurious.

In welfare rights work, not having an intersectional analysis can be deadly. It makes us blame those closest to us—our natural allies—for problems that are created by systems of domination. Based partly on insights from Barbara’s work, OKOP has chosen a different path, developing strategies that rely on an economic human rights framework and public “truth telling” to help poor, working-class, and middle-class people see shared issues and concerns across race, gender, and sexuality. Framing our work in this way has opened up vast and exciting new alliances, leading us to build coalitions with remarkable national and international organizations such as the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and the World Courts of Women, and to develop a multi-issue agenda that recognizes that a society that respects and supports mothers on public assistance is a society that encourages a fuller humanity for all people.

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