5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself While Working in the Service Industry (And 5 Ways to Be a Better Consumer)

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There’s something about working in the service industry that makes people think it’s okay to treat you poorly. And since racial and gender minorities make up most of this workforce, that mistreatment makes for even more opposition to deal with every day. So here are some tips for when work gets hard – and some ways we consumers can do our part to make it easier.

What It’s Like for Gentrification to Kick You Out of Your Neighborhood


Gentrification is the process by which urban renewal displaces a poorer demographic of people with a richer one. That is, what looks at first glance to be great – hip restaurants! luxury apartments! new parks! – is hell for those living in that neighborhood. Watch this video to learn more about what the gentrification of San Francisco’s Mission District has done to those who called it home.

The Agonizing Barriers to Eating ‘Responsibly’

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You’ve heard about organic food – eating it is good for you and the planet. But what about when you just need to eat because you’re hungry? This spoken word piece tells the story of one of the millions of American children living with the risk of not having food each day. Step into his shoes to understand the bigger picture about economic and food justice.

There’s More Than One Face of Homelessness


Do you know how homelessness looks? It’s often represented in the media with one stereotypical image. But here’s another face of homelessness. Young poet Joshua Merchant brilliantly conveys a moment in the life of one of the estimated 1.6 million youth who face homelessness in the US each year. Get his perspective and challenge your perception of youth homelessness.

They Call It ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ — I Call It Oppressive


“Compassionate conservatism” is the idea that one can simultaneously push marginalization, but doing it in a way that shows care. But usually, this “care” is focused all wrong — like, say, toward fetuses, but not toward accessible childcare. And there’s nothing compassionate about that. It’s harmful, it’s hurtful, and it’s oppressive.

4 Ways to Navigate Educational Privilege as a First-Generation College Student

Source: Pop Sugar

Being a first-generation college student is hard. You don’t have the same access or resources as your peers, AND you might find yourself feeling disconnected from your family or place of origin. This article provides some great ideas that will not only help make the process feel easier and more safe, they will also help hold you accountable to your new privilege.

3 Ways to Responsibly and Compassionately Respond to Panhandling

Source: Here and Now

Panhandling is when people ask for money in public spaces, and many of us encounter it a daily basis. We know folks deserve compassion, but we may not know how best to give it. How should we respond to people panhandling or experiencing homelessness? Here is a step-by-step guide to responding responsibly and compassionately to those who are panhandling.

5 Ways Marginalized People Can Recognize Their Privileges In Other Areas

Source: All Booked Up

Privilege and oppression simultaneously impact our lives in a number of intersectional ways. If we solely focus on our marginalized identities, we give up the opportunity to recognize and interrupt the ways our privileges cause harm to the people we care about. If you’re struggling with recognizing your privilege as a marginalized person, this might serve as a helpful guide.

How One Teacher Taught The Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege

The inevitable injustice that accompanies privilege is exacerbated when the privileged don’t acknowledge that they have more social access than others AND that said access comes at the expense of another groups’s well-being. Check out this graphic representation of how one teacher taught the class how to examine their privilege — and how it affects others.