Black women’s work and reparations

first_imgThe staff of We Dream in Black, a program of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, July 25.July 31, 2017, was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day — the day this year that the average total wages a Black woman was paid since Jan. 1, 2016, finally equalled the average wage white men were paid in 2016.Seven extra months! That’s 19 months a Black woman had to work, on average, to earn the same wages a white man did in 12 months.Those months are not an abstract quantity. Those are the arduous days and nights of someone like Priscilla Smith, who is a home care worker in North Carolina. Starting in mid-afternoon, on duty until midnight, Smith does difficult work, both physically and socially, assisting up to 20 people a day. She is paid $12 an hour, with no paid sick leave or vacation, and then comes home to care for her own four children.Smith, a leader with We Dream in Black, a program of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, says: “The majority of people who do this kind of work are African-American or Latino women. The world needs to wake up and understand that Black workers need to be acknowledged, respected, and honored for their work.” (, July 31) An even more severe wage gap exists for Indigenous women and for documented Latinas, who earn 54 cents for every dollar a white man makes.There are 24 million Black women in the U.S., and 60 percent of them are part of the workforce. But they have high unemployment, imperiled job security, a lack of benefits and advancement opportunities, and are the fastest growing U.S. prison population. Black women work more hours than white women on average, and half of Black women workers are mothers. (Economic Policy Institute, July 28)Famed and wealthy tennis star Serena Williams, speaking on pay discrimination against Black women workers, said: “If I [had] never picked up a tennis racket, I would be one of them. That is never lost on me. The cycles of poverty, discrimination, and sexism are much, much harder to break than the record for Grand Slam titles.” (, July 31)Those cycles are rooted in the exploitation of Black women during their enslavement in the U.S. They were not paid for excruciating, forced labor in field or house. Under severest duress, they gave birth to children who were sold into similar bondage. Both kinds of labor by Black women yielded heartbreak, physical torment and death for them — and untold fortunes for Southern planters and the allied Northern banks, insurance companies and businesses.Black women’s unpaid labor — along with that of African-American people in general — was the foundation of modern U.S. capitalism.But Black women have been fighting back against exploitation from their first days on this continent. In addition to rebellious resistance and self-liberation during enslavement, Black women started to do labor organizing in the South as soon as they were emancipated.In 1866, Black women laundry workers presented demands to the mayor of Jackson, Miss., for a higher standard wage so that anyone belonging to the “class of washerwomen” could “live comfortably if possible from the fruits of our labor.”In 1881 in Atlanta, 20 women and a few men formed the Washing Society to demand similar wage increases for their work. They quickly grew to 3,000 primarily African-American women, with a few white women workers also involved. On July 19, they called a militant strike, ultimately successful, and described by historian Tera W. Hunter as “the largest and most impressive among Black Atlantans of late 19th century.” (“To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War”)The reward for centuries of fighting spirit and organizing by Black women should be more than equal pay. That would only bring their wages equal in the present year.But for those centuries of exploitation and the profits made thereby, there should be reparations! Reparations for enslavement and forced labor, for the terrible damage inflicted by racism.More than just equal pay — we demand reparations for Black women’s unpaid work!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Freddie Mac Announces Additional Hurricane Help

first_img Freddie Mac Announces Additional Hurricane Help About Author: Brianna Gilpin Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Sign up for DS News Daily Freddie Mac recently announced their efforts to help those affected by the continued hurricane season through updates to their temporary Selling and Servicing requirements in Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide Bulletin 2017-2021.The additional information includes reimbursing Sellers through September 2018 for property inspections completed prior to mortgage sale or securitization of mortgages secured by properties in Eligible Disaster Areas as a result of a 2017 hurricane, announcing a temporary reimbursement process for property inspections of mortgaged premises located in Eligible Disaster Areas that are conducted by Servicers on and after August 29, 2017, and extending the scope of its temporary selling and Servicing requirements related to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in Bulletins 2017-14, 2017-16 and 2017—to mortgages and borrowers whose mortgaged premises or places of employment are in Eligible Disaster Areas impacted by all hurricanes on and after August 25, 2017, and through the 2017 hurricane season.For Servicers, Freddie Mac added that the temporary suspension of foreclosure sales and evictions will only apply to mortgaged premises located in an Eligible Disaster Area as a result of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: Freddie Mac Hurricane Relief Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago October 1, 2017 1,406 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Announces Additional Hurricane Helpcenter_img Freddie Mac Hurricane Relief 2017-10-01 Brianna Gilpin Previous: The Week Ahead: Wells Fargo, One Year Later Next: HouseCanary Announces New Additions Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Image of the Day: Ships En Route to RIMPAC

first_imgThe Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), front, pulls away as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) approaches the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7), center. View post tag: RIMPAC View post tag: News by topic July 1, 2014 View post tag: En Route Image of the Day: Ships En Route to RIMPAC View post tag: Navy View post tag: Image of the Daycenter_img View post tag: ships View post tag: Naval The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is conducting a replenishment-at-sea with Rainier. The ships are en route to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 01, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight Authorities Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Ships En Route to RIMPAC last_img read more