“All too often, our relationship to these “helping” organizations do not not simply position us to receive services and inform/build solutions but instead to be positioned as a living validation of the often ill-informed ideologies–despite our flesh-informed protestations–the organization has about the folks it wishes to “help.” Our presence, our attempts to gain a foothold in basic survival, often requires and/or weaponizes our bodies as non-consenting, character assailants for all that may come after, creating an irrefutable controlling image of the struggler, a stigmatizing blockade to resources and, in effect, fertile ground for a more vicious, silent struggle for survival.
With this experience in mind, many of us go into the industries near our needs and/or those of our people. We do not seek to redeem the organization and it’s faulty positioning, policies or thinking, but instead re-purpose the resources, policies and organization to better and holistically serve our loved ones.”
The non-profit industrial complex is real. I could leave this at that, and in the interest of remaining gainfully employed I probably should. However, for the sake of those surviving…