Dear LILIPOH Friends and Family,
In such a time of continued social destabilization, I am provided with a sense of normalcy to be putting the finishing touches on the 101st issue of LILIPOH, and to be writing this letter to you.
Our advertisers and readers have stood by us during this rollercoaster of a year. We are doing our best to continue to bring you information that helps you along with your health, your inner work, and that points us in a direction of building a more just and equitable world.
I am thrilled to welcome two Black business owners to our advertising family. Kenesha Lewin does anti-racism trainings for groups of all sizes, and Sukie Jefferson is a hand-poured candle maker extraordinaire. I keep several of her candles around my own home and I think LILIPOH readers will love her lavender-scented candle!
We are all learning together right now—it is a gift and a privilege to bring forward content from experienced writers, sharing out of their own lived experience.
Liz Beaven’s tips from teachers on virtual learning will provide many insights for parents and teachers living with this new remote mode of education. Ashley Lugo shares her experiences as a woman of color confronting implicit bias in the workplace. Health and healing is on all of our minds, and Susan Moss takes us along into a nurse’s approach to contributing to the healing process.
Longtime readers know we speak often about associative economics—where consumers, workers, and distributors all come together to arrive at fair pricing and fair working conditions. A worker’s strike can be a mechanism to apply pressure for aspects of those conversations to take place when one or more of the parties is not willing. The story the workers in the fruit packing warehouses of Eastern Washington is an inspiring example of how workers leveraged their collective power, with support from the community, to move the association between management and workers into an equitable dialogue, in this case around safety and Covid-19 protective measures for workers.
May we be inspired by their courage and hold onto it as an example of how we can move in a direction of balance and fairness in the workplace.
As always we wish you well.