Updated: Jul 28, 2020
Bloggers are the unsung heroes of transcribing life as it happens with a unique point of view to help avid readers shape their perception of a topic otherwise we would have no insight to...that's why when Chicago native Ranjini Iyer recently posted a new blog article off-topic from her normal uplifting momma blog Momslop.com, it caught the attention of how important, valuable and action-oriented all blog platforms have.
So buckle up, and get ready for an adventure of how any bog, can be used for good! Ranjini brilliantly illustrates for us how to use our voice to be the "good" in the world. After, all here at DPW we believe that joining and collaborating for a cause drives us to improve all communities. Check out her recent blog post that empowers and inspires us "Bloggers to Blog for Good"
It is hard not to get on the soap box for me about women’s rights, children’s rights, environmental causes, education. Don’t even get my started on something like Styrofoam and how I grit my teeth at parties as people merrily hand out food on that horrendous addition to dinnerware collections in homes everywhere. Gauche at the very least, utterly irresponsible at worst. It takes over 500 years to degrade in the landfill!
I didn’t start to blog for good. Coming from me, that would be a very boring blog. I would get preachy and scolding in my tone. School marmish. Plus, it is hardly cool to maintain a holier than thou image at all times. There has to be a finesse to the soap boxing. I am learning than now as I grow older. People just don’t like being told what to do all the time.
My first blog, which I rarely write on anymore was about my everyday struggles as a mom and as a writer trying to get published.
My current blog is momslop.com
It is a collection of interviews of everyday mothers and sometimes non-mothers. From them I try to glean wisdom to live better, thrive better, think clearer. It started as a way to connect with people on a deeper level. That was especially important to me as a person who works in isolation most of the time. I am a writer, a small business owner and a committed stay at home mother. All isolating tasks.
I had not, however, envisioned momslop as being a platform I might ever use to “call to action.” The pretext of the blog was more personal. However, when I heard from a friend about how a community in Chicago was struggling to get basic supplies in the wake of COVID-19 purely because they happen to be the “wrong” zip code, I had to do something. I started by donating supplies. But that didn’t seem enough. I decided to write about it and bring it to the attention of my readers. The issue was about mothers. Their inability to get supplies for their families in what happens to be a difficult, impoverished neighborhood. Here is that post.
"If a parent wants to pack a piece of fruit in a child's lunch... they shouldn't have to take three city buses," Michelle Obama said during a press conference.
While many of us are worrying these days about how we can stock up our pantries and fridges without infecting ourselves with COVID-19, agonizing over masks and sanitizer and gloves, even as we browse well stocked shelves in our suburban groceries, several of our neighbors on Chicago’s south side face a very different problem.
Food Deserts was what Michelle Obama had called them.
Oh and that line about the piece of fruit, she said it at a press conference in 2011.
This is 2020. Not much has changed.
But wait, I stand corrected. A Whole Foods has opened in Englewood since then.
“Englewood remains one of the city's areas of concentrated poverty, ranking fifth in economic hardship out of Chicago's 77 community areas, according to an analysis last year by the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Englewood had the highest percentage of households living in poverty, 48.3 percent, and the third lowest per capita income, $11,281, according to the study.” (Greg Trotter, Chicago Tribune, September, 2017)
To be fair and the Whole Paycheck snide about this chain aside, Whole Foods has provided a place for locals in Englewood to find jobs and for some local vendors to stock their ware. Kudos. But shoppers. Hmm…
Now this may well be a myopic view of the situation on my part. Whole Foods was supposed to be a long term investment in the area. A way to attract other businesses and people into Englewood. Furthermore, I have read that this Whole Foods prices its goods lower than others.
Some might also argue how it brings good food choices to the area. To that particular POV, I have this to put to you to consider. When my cousin was struggling as a new immigrant in San Francisco decades ago, and had only a few dollars to buy food, here is what she did. Did she know that a salad was better for her than say a couple of samosas sold at her local Indian store? Yes, yes, she did. Did they cost the same? Yes. Here then is the explanation for why she didn’t buy the salad. She had money to pay for one solid meal for the day. And she had to stay full all day before she could get another meal at night. So she bought and ate, as you might suspect, the samosas. It kept her fueled to work at her job staying on her feet all day as a healthcare technician for many more hours than a salad might have.
We have all heard similar stories about people choosing to eat at McDonald’s, yes?