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“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.”
― Wendell Berry, The Long-Legged House

WRWK is progressive community radio. We seek to promote progress towards justice, health and happiness for hard working folks everywhere. On a larger scale, if we trace human progress over the last five thousand years, humans have achieved some great things. Unfortunately, many of these achievements came at a high price in terms of human life and environmental damage because we ignored the costs of our progress. While learning how to mass produce things, to fly, to find and use fossil fuels, we were also wrecking the environment and taking over the resources of weaker countries while taking advantage of each other in ways that reduced our social health and stability. This imperial attitude of exploitation is part of what our constitution was meant to address.

Say what you might about the flaws of the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, in their time they were charting a way to progress out of the chaos of history and its failures. As Sarah Chayes points out in her book Corruption in America: And What is at Stake our constitution was an attempt to block corruption while expanding the power of the people instead of just reinforcing the royal prerogatives of wealth and privilege.

Sadly, these royal prerogatives are still at play today as when the General Assembly affirmed the right of regulated monopolies to lobby politicians (thus maintaining a solid source of campaign cash). It’s not about blue and red or even north and south, it’s about creeping corruption and the lusts of power. And as we become more divided, the lusts of monied interests are busily corroding the protections of our constitution.

If we compare the relationship between what citizens want from government versus what monied interests want, too often money wins out. This was illustrated well when our governor managed approval of permits for oil pipelines in spite of public opposition.

Other examples abound but we all know this, so let us put our focus on making progress towards universal health and happiness by telling the stories of the possible world that still exists beyond the noise and press releases that ad agencies and campaign funds stir up. Help us to make progress towards this goal by supporting WRWK TheWorkFM where progressive solutions are our inspiration.

ERA Passed in Virginia!!!

An ERA supporter reacts to a Virginia Senate committee’s vote to advance the ERA amendment last week.
Steve Helber/AP

The Constitutional Equal Rights Amendment gained it’s 38th State yesterday. The writer, as a guy stands in awe of the women who Won it. They slogged through decades of abuse since it was proposed and slowed and almost crushed by powerful people including many women.

Here is an quote from Delegate Foy who put the bill forward and sums it up better than I ever could.

The Virginia General Assembly just became the 38th and final state required to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

How do you spell Equality? E-R-A!!
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This victory is months, years, and even generations in the making.

Why? Because our very own Commonwealth failed time and time again to recognize that all citizens are entitled to equality under the law.

Virginia fought a woman’s right to vote for 32 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified.

Virginia fought desegregation and led the charge against school integration.

And Virginia fought interracial marriage and sex discrimination at Virginia Military Institute all the way to the Supreme Court — where the highest judicial body in our nation ruled against Virginia and for equality both times.

Today, Virginia was once again on the battleground for equality. But this time, we came out on the right side of history when we passed the ERA.

Since 2017, Virginia women have stepped up in record numbers to volunteer their time, work on campaigns, and even run for office. We nearly flipped the House of Delegates that year, but fell just short. In 2019, we finished the job.

And today we delivered on our promises we made on the campaign trail — the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest legislative body in the country, is now affirmatively on the record on women’s rights.

So, thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done to help Virginia make history and lead the nation forward on the ERA. This victory is yours.

With gratitude,

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy”

End of quote.

That’s a hard act to follow. Guys, try to be useful. Women are the one and only ones who can crank out humans. That society expects them to carry, birth, potty train and supervise their young all for less pay when they can even find a job that is not patronizing has been and continues to be an insult to them and a shame on us Guys.

Women live in the real world where long term thinking creates life and a workable world and even though they know short term thinkers hold sway, they keep it up. They love the rest of us more than we could ever understand or repay.

If women had the missing 20 to 50% of the wages they are being denied for the same work that men do, and put that money to work to create and expand society as they are prone to do, we would have a Better World. I’m Ready For THAT!