I’m visiting with a friend at @hopkinsmedicine today. Her sitter is a woman from Trinidad. She’s been working here for 8 years. She’s never had a raise. She said many of her friends have been here longer, like 20 years, who have never had a raise. She said everyone is afraid to speak up for fear of losing their job. I have another dear friend from Rwanda who worked for @fsbaltimore who witnessed and was the recipient of similar injustice.
These women left home and family to pursue safety and a better life.
She shared her story and memories of being a little girl in Trinidad and receiving her first book, Red Robin from Americans. She said, “What they did was so important! I love reading today. I will never forget what they did for me.”
Can we not also be generous here in our own city? Baltimore, can’t we take care of those who have found safety on our shores? Can’t we help give a voice to those who are afraid of speaking up, for fear of their jobs?
That same woman said, “I love Baltimore! But those of you from Baltimore should be fighting for it to be better, for it to be seen as the city I know it can be.”
She was speaking right to my heart. I told her I would share her story and I’ll keep sharing the stories of other women who don’t share the same privilege to make some noise. •••••••
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