Young, Disparaged and Paid in Smiles: Experiences in the Caring Labor Industry

April 11, 2011

Wednesday, April 27
Location: Room 305AB, UW School of Social Work, 4101 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Time: 7pm-9pm

The term “caring labor” can refer to a lot of things: childcare, elder care, health care, social work. Whether in the workplace or the home, caring labor is consistently under-recognized and under-valued. Yet it raises very important political, economic, and social questions – questions about race, class and gender, and the many spaces in between.

Join us for a group discussion with three young people about their experiences on the ground, working in and organizing around different areas within the caring labor industry. Why is caring labor important? What organizing is happening around caring labor? What organizing needs to happen? And what could the future hold?

Panelists include:
* David C. works in childcare and organizes with the Seattle Solidarity Network. He regularly shares his thoughts on his blog “Paid in Smiles” (
* Brooke S. is studying to be a nutritionist. She has organized with free health clinic projects in both Seattle and Olympia.
* Jomo works and organizes as a nursing assistant. She writes about her experiences working, organizing and more on the blog “Disparaged CNA” (

For more information, contact the Bridges Center for Labor Studies at 206-543-7946, or .

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