Mia Birdsong has spent more than 20 years fighting and loving for social justice and liberation. This made it difficult to connect with the characters in these stories. Progressive think tanks believe addressing poverty and inequality can strengthen marriage, while conservative think tanks believe marriage is the best solution to the range of problems experienced by poor families. She sits on the and the. Previously, Birdsong was co-director of Family Story, where she worked to update the outdated, narrow idea of the family in America. Birdsong made it one of her life missions to bring this awareness to families and their communities so every child can see themselves for who they are in this world.
She has spent time organizing to abolish prisons, teaching teenagers about sex and drugs, interviewing literary luminaries like Edwidge Danticat, David Foster Wallace, and John Irving, and attending births as a midwifery apprentice. Birdsong's own family struggles with poverty influenced her decision to work with ; an organization that strives to support hardworking, low-income people and communities so they can become stronger economically and gain social mobility. What if we realized that the experts we are looking for, the experts we need to follow, are poor people themselves? She spent four years majoring in Black Studies and it had an extreme effect on her life by reshaping her sense of self and opened up new ideas and windows of opportunity. She is also a New America California Fellow. She wanted her daughter to have her first experience of reading books to represent a world that is filled with people of color. Birdsong made it one of her life missions to bring this awareness to families and their communities so every child can see themselves for who they are in this world. Birdsong is co-director of Family Story, alongside Nicole Rodgers.
She can also be seen as a frequent speaker and writer on low-income families and communities, social capital, and collective self-organizing. This influenced Birdsong's practice as she became an activist for equality and acceptance. A registration fee for a program may be transferred to another person one time with no penalty. She is an inaugural Ascend Fellow of the. Bereavement policies provide no time off for the death of an aunt, even if she is the one who raised you.
There were books like and that drew on gender invisibility, but not race. She speaks at universities and conferences across the country. Birdsong is married to musician, recording artist, song writer, and producer Nino Moschella, who also runs the recording studio. Birdsong has been published in the , the , On Being and. How do nuclear families benefit from unearned privilege? Her experience also includes apprenticing as a midwife while also studying and practicing herbal medicine, building houses, and performing her passion of country music. And yet, antiquated workplaces, like many outdated institutions, have survived, against all logic, because of a nostalgia for a version of family that we have outgrown.
The positive impact books written by people of color had on Birdsong's daughter was inspirational. She is an inaugural Ascend Fellow of the Aspen Institute. As a child, she didn't see herself represented in the world, particularly in the literary world. Family diversity is the new normal. Previously, as founding Co-Director of , Mia lifted up a new national story about what makes a good family. She has also guest lectured at.
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The positive impact books written by people of color had on Birdsong's daughter was inspirational. Unlike in the early '60s, today, there is no single-family arrangement that encompasses the majority of children. She can also be seen as a frequent speaker and writer on low-income families and communities, social capital, and collective self-organizing. For example, the child welfare system is notorious for disproportionately separating black, Latino and Native American children from their families under circumstances in which white children are allowed to stay with theirs. Especially relevant to Just Mercy, Birdsong has also been involved with the prison abolition organization Critical Resistance.
There were books like Nancy Drew and Judy Blume that drew on gender invisibility, but not race. As Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative, she leveraged the power of data and stories to illuminate and accelerate the initiative low-income families take to improve their lives. Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Birdsong has been published in the , the Huffington Post, On Being and The Good Men Project. Mia Birdsong has been an active advocate for social justice and liberation for the past thirty years, and she has held leadership positions in organizations focused on helping families living in poverty, all of which are listed in her biography on www. She has spent time organizing to abolish prisons, teaching teenagers about sex and drugs, interviewing literary luminaries like Edwidge Danticat, David Foster Wallace, and John Irving, and attending births as a midwifery apprentice.
Birdsong also co-founded , a resource for people dedicated to raising children of color in a world that reflects the spectrum of who they are. . Practices that enable this kind of discrimination should be challenged. Workplaces regularly hold evening events without considering the childcare needs of single parents. One of the few areas of agreement among American researchers and policymakers across the political spectrum has been the belief that married, two-parent households are the best for raising children and preventing poverty. They live in with their two children. Though this conventional narrative about women entering the workforce refers primarily to the experience of middle-class, white families, it reveals something with further-reaching implications.