Monday, January 23, 2006

Call for works by mother poets

Call for Poems


The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) is seeking submissionsfor an anthology of poetry on motherhood to be published in 2007.

White Ink is a rare and unique anthology of poems on the theme ofmothers. Beginning with a comprehensive critical introduction by editorand poet Rishma Dunlop, this book will explore the changing role of themother in contemporary society by bringing together diverse poeticvoices – female, male, Canadian and international. White Ink will selectsome of its poems from ARM Journal, the journal of the Association forResearch on Mothering (ARM). However, White Ink will also include poems about motherhood that have not appeared in ARM Journal.The title, White Ink, is borrowed from Hélène Cixous’ metaphor formother’s milk, a metaphor that grounds women’s writing in the femalebody. Tentative section headings include: When Water Breaks: The Birthof the Mother; Apron Strings: Motherhood as Institution; Cutting theCord: Mothers in Violent Times; Rocking the Cradle: Redefining Motherhood; Positively Glowing: The Beauty of the Mother.

Established and emerging writers – female, male, Canadian andinternational – should submit 3-6 poems along with a 50-word bio andcontact info (including an E-mail address where you can be reached) to:Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)726 Atkinson, York University4700 Keele StreetToronto, ON M3J 1P3(416) 736-2100 x 60366 Fax: (416) 736-5766 Submissions in the body of E-mails are also acceptable. No attachmentsaccepted.

Please indicate White Ink in the subject header.Deadline: September 1, 2006

Thursday, January 19, 2006

NOW inserts call for mother's rights in 2005 conference resolutions

It's about time! Here is an excerpt from the resolutions...


WHEREAS, the landmark National Organization for Women (NOW) resolution "Homemaker's Bill of Rights: Economic Recognition for Homemakers" (1978), which called for the acknowledgement of unpaid mothering and caregiving work as a valuable part of our nation's economy, remains largely unfulfilled in state and national legislation nearly thirty years after its passage; and

WHEREAS, U.S. society's underlying bias against mothers' and caregivers' work, whether or not it is performed in conjunction with paid or waged labor, remains institutionalized within the U.S. Government and standard employment practices; and

WHEREAS, in addition to the care of children, our swiftly aging nation is putting women, our traditional caregivers, into an even more tenuous economic position as the unpaid work of eldercare becomes more commonplace; and

WHEREAS, the anti-caregiving movement within conservative politics seeks to roll back entitlements such as Social Security Insurance and the Family and Medical Leave Act, and to further restrict access to public assistance benefits, forcing even greater numbers of women into poverty; and

WHEREAS, the current national discussion over the role of our mothers and caregivers is being led by corporate-owned media and right-wing ideologues; and

WHEREAS, it would benefit both NOW and the nation's mother and caregiver population to build a feminist mothers and caregivers constituency within NOW to promote active resistance to political forces currently in opposition to the women's movement;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NOW educate the public on this issue, build coalitions with feminist activist groups that advocate for mothers' and caregivers' economic rights and lobby for appropriate federal and state legislation to create programs such as quality universal childcare, Social Security and tax credits for caregivers, and paid family medical leave insurance; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW encourage state chapters to form Mothers' and Caregivers' Economic Rights Task Forces; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW encourage local chapters to form feminist mothering and caregivers programs to recruit women who might not otherwise become members and to develop strong community support for our organization; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the National NOW Board form a regionally representative ad hoc committee comprised of chapter, state and national activists and experts that will work with the Board and the national officers to develop online resources and action kits, including talking points, programming ideas, media resources, and other materials.