25: “Organizing at the speed of love.”
Join guest Ai-jen Poo for a discussion of making love through organizing on behalf of change and dignity. Ai-jen is a TED speaker, a change maker, an activist, and a organizer on behalf of the sick, the elderly, and domestic worker’s in our country.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- What grassroots organizing is all about;
- Ways you can change things in the community around you through leveraging skills of organizing;
- How love connects to organizing and the movement around and for domestic workers’ rights;
- How to show up as a co-conspirator (vs. an “ally”) and why that distinction matters; AND
- How to support and champion the rights and dignity of domestic workers in our country.
Welcome to a conversation about making love through organizing on behalf of change, equity, and human dignity.
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Ai-jen Poo is an award-winning organizer, social innovator, author, and a leading voice in the women’s movement. She is the Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Co-Director of Caring Across Generations, Co-Founder of SuperMajority and Trustee of the Ford Foundation. Ai-jen is a nationally recognized expert on elder and family care, the future of work, gender equality, immigration, narrative change, and grassroots organizing. She is the author of the celebrated book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. Follow her at @aijenpoo.
She has been recognized among Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and she has been the recipient of countless awards, including a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Award. Ai-jen has been a featured speaker at TEDWomen, Aspen Ideas Festival, Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Skoll World Forum, and the Obama Foundation Inaugural Summit. She has made TV appearances on Nightline, MSNBC, and Morning Joe, and her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Maire Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and CNN.com among others. Ai-jen has been an influential voice in the #MeToo movement and attended the 2018 Golden Globe Awards with Meryl Streep as part of the launch of #TimesUp.
In 12 short years, with the help of more than 70 local affiliate organizations and chapters and over 200,000 members, the National Domestic Workers Alliance has passed Domestic Worker Bills of Rights in 9 states and the city of Seattle, and brought over 2 million home care workers under minimum wage protections. In 2011, Ai-jen launched Caring Across Generations to unite American families in a campaign to achieve bold solutions to the nation’s crumbling care infrastructure. The campaign has catalyzed groundbreaking policy change in states including the nation’s first family caregiver benefit in Hawai’i, and the first long-term care social insurance fund in Washington State.
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Learn more about and support the National Domestic Workers Alliance
Add your name alongside Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Pramila Jayapal to show your support for the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
Founded by women of color, join and support Care in Action
Read Ai-Jen’s book “The Age of Dignity”
Watch Ai-jen’s incredible TED talk on “the work that makes all other work possible”
Download and use — and blast out! — Alia: an app that supports the dignity, rights, and wellbeing of domestic workers