In honor of taking a day off, today’s post is a bit later than normal. I’m also taking this time to reflect on what Labor Day means to me and will be back with a post about my awesome clients tomorrow!
In the United States, we celebrate Labor Day to bring attention to the contributions of the laborers that help our country operate. From the U.S. Department of Labor’s web page ‘History of Labor Day’:
“On September 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – the American worker. Labor Day 2019 is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday.”
Today, I’m celebrating the hard work of the generations of women before me that allow this business to flourish. The hard work of generations of African Americans who labored without compensation or human respect and dignity. The hard work of the generations of migrants who make the United States the beautiful melting pot it is today.
There are many alarming things happening in my country right now. The migrants who continue to flee violence and hope for safety and shelter are being smoked out like rats by ICE. Families are torn apart at the border of the U.S. and Mexico. Our environment is continually raped and abused by capitalist agendas as the Trump administration refuses to believe that the climate crisis is real. People with dark skin are targets of the police, corralled in specific neighborhoods to make way for real estate development by way of extremely high taxes and rent and poverty. Women are still paid significantly less than their male counterparts, with Latinx and Native American women even more so under compensated.
In the midst of all of it, there’s much to celebrate. My mom always told me to look for the helpers. Greta Thunberg, fantastic climate crisis activist, is in the U.S. and landed in New York City on August 29th to lead a climate strike from September 20th-27th. Organizations such as Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance (https://www.ksmoda.org/) work tirelessly to “serve and advocate for immigrant rights and higher education for undocumented youth regardless of citizenship status, sexual orientation, race, color, gender, and national or ethnic origin”. United We Dream (https://unitedwedream.org/) works to “empower people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people.” This past year we’ve seen many peaceful marches and profound protests in reaction to the deaths of unarmed Black people at the hands of police, supporting and educating and speaking out to their representatives to support legislation to keep police officers educated about inherent bias.
These movements are all powered by laborers. The people that make our country move and grow and expand. We are the people that make our country grow and move and expand. We strive for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or ability. Our labor is a direct result of our society and I invite us all to reflect on it.
Cheers to awareness, the helpers, and Labor Day celebrations!
Until next time,