On Tuesday, November 15, I’ll attend the membership meeting of the Philadelphia Area Project for Occupational Safety and Health (PHILAPOSH). This is a group of trade unionists dedicated to promoting safety in the workplace, dealing with classes on using safety equipment, advocating for occupational health and safety laws in Harrisburg and Washington, and working with injured workers and attorneys on Workers’ Compensation claims. (https://philaposh.org/)
This is an important group to support-employers look upon their workers as expendable, and won’t spend a few dollars on equipment that would make workers safe, and corporations act as if occupational safety laws are a form of tyranny; through such groups as PHILAPOSH, workers have a weapon to defend themselves against employers who try to cheat them out of paying for injuries they attained while trying to make a living.
On Wednesday, November 16, I’ll be a Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street in Philadelphia (https://www.fergies.com/), for a poetry reading sponsored by the Moonstone Arts Center. the featured readers will be Luke Stromberg, with his debut poetry collection The Elephant’s Mouth; also the poets John Wall Barger, Luke Bauerlein, Ernest Hilbert, Z Murphey, and Anne-Adele Wight. (https://moonstoneartscenter.org/event/live-poetry-event-luke-strombergs-the-elephants-mouth/) Following will be the open mic, in which I’ll take part in and have my poetry volumes available for sale.
Real poetry, and real social change, start at the grassroots.