Mar 18 2015

Politics of Parenting: It Runs in the Family

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GUEST: Frida Berrigan serves on the board of the War Resisters League, and helped to found the group Witness Against Torture…

Many of us are involved in political activism – especially if you’re tuned into this show. But what happens when you have kids? In my own life I can remember being so involved about ten years ago – in anti-war activism, journalism, anti-racist actions, going to meetings and joining committees, and marching in protests.

And then I started to have children and suddenly life felt like it split into the pre-childbirth and post-childbirth eras. The former is full of vigor and questioning, and rebellion. The latter, more often than not, is consumed with diapers, school choices, choosing the right pediatrician, ensuring healthy diets, schlepping kids to and from soccer practice, worrying about being able to afford piano lessons, and on and on.

Can one live a life true to one’s political values and have children? Uprising’s guest Friday Berrigan writes about how her parents who were high profile activists, raised three children, and how she attempts to navigate a similar path.

Read Frida Berrigan’s work at wagingnonviolence.org. Click here to find out about her book.

GUEST: …Frida Berrigan has also worked as a researcher with New America Media’s Arms and Security Initiative, and is also a columnist for Waging Nonviolence. And, she is a mother who has just written the book ‘It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood’.

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