I heard (read) about this Blog Month thing from Viva la Feminista y dije porque no.
To be honest I’ve been hesitant about blogging because:
A: There are things I would write more honestly about if I knew my pareja wouldn’t read them.
B: There are things I would write more honestly about if I knew people who want me to fail at my new gig wouldn’t read them.
And really the two go together. I don’t feel like my partner thinks I can be a good Executive Director and I know there are plenty of people who don’t want me to be. I try not to talk about my job too much to my partner who nitpicks at my word choice or will question my credentials/skills/knowledge. And I purposely am keeping space between myself/my org’s work and some other people who have a complex history with my organization.
And it’s like I have come full circle, to when I was a young single mom, deep into organizing in NYC but felt a little outside of the circle. I’m not young. I’m not really a single mother since my partner and I live together and I’m not as broke as/living from pay check to pay check. And yet I feel like there still aren’t many spaces for women of color in organizing to be honest about how race, gender, ethnicity, sex, motherhood in our day to day lives interacts with our roles/places in organizing (and especially in the messy, super competitive Los Angeles immigration non-profit world).
So I will try – this will be an attempt at thinly veiled honesty.