I am a social activist with a strong interest in the rights of women, of people of color, of the LGBTQI community, and of all other excluded groups. The oppressive forces that work to keep people out of power function the same way for all groups, so we cannot work for one group’s rights without working for the rights of all disenfranchised groups. I am, as a straight, white, man, working on digging out the cultural baggage of sexism, racism, and homophobia that I’ve got, but of course, this is a life’s work, so I keep at it.
These forces begin early in life, and working to educate youth about them in their younger years (when they often show up as ‘bullying’) is important because if left unchallenged, these perspectives can end up manifesting as domestic violence, sexual assault, and other hate crimes.
As for me, I have worked as a middle school teacher at a small rural school in Maine, where I also advised the school’s Civil Rights Team. I am currently working on my Masters in Education while working in higher education administration. My experience includes working in anti-domestic violence education, at a food pantry, in various kitchens, and as a restoration carpenter, as well as serving on several non-profit boards.
Feel free to email at pbh (at) peterherrick (dot) com or post comments here on this blog.