This is how you do social justice

13 Jan

One of the criticisms often lobbed at men’s rights activists is that we don’t actually do any advocacy work. Notwithstanding the fact that advocacy work takes a fuckton of money, that is simply not true. Carnell Smith, for example, won his own paternity fraud case in the Supreme Court and writes model law that has changed the legislation surrounding paternity fraud in ten states and counting. Smith has been featured as a guest expert on Dr Phil, Fox Business News, CBS Early Show, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN news and many other syndicated talk shows.

 

 

From suicide prevention to domestic violence counselling, intactivism to educational reform, MRAs around the world are gathering, agitating and building the war chest we will need to challenge sexist laws that discriminate against men. The Southern Poverty Law Center has a budget of $40 MILLION dollars, most of which is paid out in salaries and very little actual work is accomplished, so we have a ways to go before we can challenge the Supreme Court and pass an Equal Rights Amendment. The war chest at SPLC stands at $245 MILLION – we are up against some well funded competitors.

 

Social justice warriors are just as frequently accused of doing nothing more than pissing and moaning on social media about perceived oppression, and today I want to take a moment to shine a spotlight on a man who is not just talking about social justice, he’s doing it.

 

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His name is Dr. Matt Woosley and he is an anesthesiologist. In 2012 he went to Haiti, intending to stay for one year and serve in Port-au-Prince, but once he got to Haiti, he saw a desperate need, decided to do something about it.

 

What the people in Port-au-Prince needed was work. Work that paid a living wage. Work that made it possible for them to eat, educate their children, create safe neighborhoods. Dr. Woosley came up with an idea: could the people in Port-au-Prince be trained to make industrial grade medical scrubs and compete for business on a global scale?

 

Using his own money, Dr. Woosley purchased industrial sewing machines and began training people in the neighborhood, and the Little Haitian Factory was born.

 

We pay our workers 5x the daily average. We share all of our profits directly with our employees. It is our intention for them to receive a living wage and escape poverty.

We are not a charity. We are financed from my personal savings.  Our success has depended solely on the quality of our products and our ability to empower customers to purchase. The better we do in selling our products, the more secure is the future of our factory.

 

 

The factory is up and running and now all Dr. Woosley needs is more customers. He has a GoFundMe campaign under way, requesting $50K to hire a professional sales team to begin marketing the factory’s products to hospitals and healthcare facilities in the US.

 

Dr. Woosley is a man making a difference in the world. I met him when he sent me an email totally unrelated to his factory, and I have encouraged him wholeheartedly to crowdfund to meet his needs. He had his trepidations, as being self-sufficient and a fully functioning for profit enterprise is incredibly important to him. Little Haitian Factory is not a charity. Dr. Woosley is not interested in peddling the “poor victims in Haiti” narrative.

 

He doesn’t want to give the people he watches over a fish. He wants to teach them how to fish. And he’s doing a fantastic job of it.

 

Please consider donating to the Little Haitian Factory at GoFundMe, and if that is not within your means to do, please share this as far and wide and as you can.

 

Let’s help Dr. Woosley change the world.

 

Lots of love,

 

JB

 

8 Responses to “This is how you do social justice”

  1. javaloco January 13, 2015 at 18:42 #

    As a result of a bullshit EPO raised against me once, I chose to took a variety of actions to recover my possessions which were held hostage by the bitch.

    These included a small claim suit and more importantly, raising awareness with my MLA. Said MLA was apparently sympathetic and promised to raise my generalized concerns with the justice minister. Nothing ever came of it but that second bit of advocacy didn’t cost a dime.

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  2. worleyf January 13, 2015 at 21:01 #

    We don’t need an equal rights amendment, we need an equal responsibility and accountability amendment.

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  3. FuzzieWuzzie January 13, 2015 at 22:50 #

    Seems to me that it may be more costly to market the product than get the business set up operationallly.Talk about the tail wagging the dog.
    I thin that Levi Strauss and Co. got it’s start in a similar fashion.

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  4. Steve Rusch January 14, 2015 at 07:13 #

    By the end of the day, Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, I knew that I was going to Haiti. As a trained disaster relief volunteer, I figured that if I didn’t do this one, I’d never get “a round tuit,” as they say. I picked a helluva disaster to cut my teeth on, lemme tell ya!

    Of course, that wasn’t so much about social justice as it was about immediate medical needs: I arrived a few days later in the company of about 16 non-medical support staff, and the 110 or so, mostly Kreyol speaking doctors, nurses, and emergency medical technicians that we flew in on that first flight. Hundreds more followed on the next four flights we chartered. (We kick-started the largest hospital in Haiti. And I don’t know of any other organization that did anything quite that smart, quite that fast. I know who to work with!)

    I supervised the establishment of a “base camp” at a private residence compound donated for the purpose. And then I was back to “camping” at the airport, right alongside the runway at what had become the busiest one-runway airport in the world for a spell. (Oh Gods, the noise! And the heat…) I could only put in two weeks worth, ‘cuz that’s all I could afford at the time, but I done sumthin’, too, and—

    I’m an MRHA — attended the first ICMI in Detroit and drove 1400 miles round trip to Atlanta for Sage Gerard’s Male Students in Peril conference, just to hang with people, just for kicks — still lookin’ for my best role, where I best fit into the movement.

    And at the time, I had EXACTLY the same thoughts that this guy Woosley had, and I’m currently fixin’ to go back for a visit with precisely these thoughts in mind.

    Cheers, Dears.

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  5. Master Beta January 14, 2015 at 09:31 #

    This is all well and good, but how much space does he take up when he rides the subway?
    Fucking men.

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  6. farkennel January 14, 2015 at 10:00 #

    ALL feminists(and their manginas)say words . I can recall them saying unproductive things about you and Karen …….delusional women who dont know any better.How fucking refreshing it is Ms bitch that we have at least a few of the womenfolk who can see through the nonsense that is feminism.Dont think that the menfolk dont get the picture young lady.Keep up the good work.

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  7. that1susan January 14, 2015 at 13:51 #

    I’m very excited about what this guy’s doing, and I shared his video link on my Facebook page.

    But I wanted to respond to the idea I often hear floating around that “just talking” about issues isn’t really doing anything. While there is such a thing as being all talk and no action, I get so tired of people devaluing discourse, as if increasing people’s awareness and challenging their thinking on various issues has no meaning.

    It’s how we view things that affects and ultimately shapes the actions we decide to take. In the Free World, we tend to take freedom of speech for granted. Sometimes it takes a writer and activist like Yoani Sanchez to remind me of the power of words.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yoani-sanchez/

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