There are times when I need to use humor to get my point across to Twitter Class Beloveds.
Because I throw so much fire from my virtual platform, often times, humor makes my sharp lessons more easily digestible, especially to new followers.
This week in Twitter Class, I came across a tweet from a Black man who celebrated what he considered a tremendous political accomplishment: selling Progressive politics to more American voters.
What's worse: He championed the PRO-Act, and proudly proclaimed, "I'm glad I did phonebanking for the PRO-Act yesterday."
And that tweet sent me.
I don't know what it is about Progressives and their incessant need to interfere with other Americans and our way of living, but something in me breaks each time I see Black men champion causes that directly harm Black communities.
In this case, I am specifically talking about the ludicrous PRO-Act and why Progressives believe it's more advantageous to kill millions of Independent Contract jobs to satisfy Union overloads.
Let's take a dive into this destructive policy so you understand what I mean.
The PRO-Act stands for "Protecting the Right to Organize Act," and was designed by the feckless members of Congress to protect labor rights across the country. In 2019, Democrat Congressman, Robert C. Scott, introduced the bill to the House of Representatives as a way to remove obstacles that prevent workers from unionizing.
On the surface, the PRO-Act appeals to people who already enjoy the "pleasures" of a union. They want to see more American workers exercising these rights; and they believe freelance workers are at a disadvantage because most won't unionize. (But that just shows how much Congress knows about our industry, because we already have a Freelance Union.)
For this reason, they champion the bill without ever considering how it actually affects Americans who HATE the unions or simply put, desire to work freely.
In 2020, California issued a version of the PRO-Act through what is now known as the destructive AB5 law. This provision IMMEDIATELY made freelance and independent contract work ILLEGAL in the state, literally killing millions of economic opportunities for Californians. And I know what I speak, because I was a victim of this oppressive, progressive law.
In 2016, after rediscovering ways to rebuild my economic empire, I discovered the world of freelance writing. Back then, I asked the Holy Spirit to help me find work opportunities so I could homeschool my daughter while generating enough income to live comfortably.
I found that answer through independent contract work.
From 2016 to 2019, I slowly mastered the freelance industry. I met amazing people in this new online space, and generated well over 6-figures during this time ... all while working from home.
My freelance writing services including teaching authors about book publishing, blogging, and more. I met amazing clients during those years, some who still hire me to perform editorial work for their writing ministries.
I can't tell you how empowering it was to be in control of my economics again and to do what I loved without dealing with politics in education. Not only that, but I felt safe in my new work environment (my home). I didn't have to deal with abusive, threatening students anymore. I didn't have to cope with an administration, which did not care if I was being harassed.
Because of my case and its destructive effects on my psyche, working from home as a freelancer improved my mental health. I didn't mind contributing 16 hours a day to my labor, because I loved what I was doing. I had built a thriving freelance business as a single Black mother; and I was moving forward into more economic freedom until AB5 hit me.
Towards the end of 2019, I noticed a dramatic drop in freelance clientele. Before I knew it, people stopped hiring my services. My stress level increased. Self-doubt began to take its course. Panic almost took me out again. And I had no CLUE what was going on politically in my home state.
And then January 2020 came. My aunti, whom I had to stay with after losing all my clientele, asked me, "Have you heard about AB5? Is this going to affect you?"
That's when she showed me an article about independent journalists who were losing contracts left and right because of the new progressive law, which forced companies to hire California freelancers as employees. But instead of those companies complying with that oppressive law, they simply outsourced more freelancers from free states.
I told her, "No, this shouldn't affect me because I'm not a journalist. I'm a freelance blogger and writer. My clients aren't media publications."
But I was dead wrong. AB5 not only targeted ALL freelancers -- including artists, creatives, songwriters, etc -- it also targeted Black single mothers who started freelance businesses to build our small wealth.
And suddenly, everything made sense. I hadn't lost my ability to perform well as a freelancer. My state's government literally made it illegal for companies to hire my freelance services!
This was further proven when the freelance platform I used to acquire clients -- Upwork -- informed me that because I was a California resident, "AB5 [made] it more challenging for companies to consider their freelancer workers as independent contractors." Upwork then suggested I hire legal representation to understand how to work this out or how to form an LLC so I could continue my services.
But by this time, I had no more money, because companies STOPPED looking for California freelancers well before January 2020.
In fact, many other freelancers had the same experience.
And the ones most affected by this: women and minorities. How do I know this? Because we already experience difficulty in the traditional workforce. And when we found an avenue that brought us economic independence -- freelance work -- that was stripped away practically without warning.
Thank you, Progressives! You truly care about the disenfranchised.
After enduring this economic hell, I knew I needed to leave the state so I could freely work. So, my daughter and I moved to Atlanta, GA permanently. And since then, my virtual ministry and online business have thrived once again.
Back home, Californians raised hell about the new oppressive law. And over months, provisions were introduced to grant writers their freelance status again. But the damage was already done.
Progressivism did what it only knows how to do: DESTROY FREEDOM.
And folks are still trying to recuperate lost income.
This is just one story of one Black mother whose life was completely shattered because of Progressive politics. Thankfully, I had a couple of aunties who helped finance my permanent transition to Atlanta. But not everyone has those options like I did; and for this reason, I will always be an advocate to help other women fight Progressive oppression.
Quite often, you will hear Sonnie Johnson speaking about the people in Black communities who canNOT easily leave their progressive areas. They are forced to deal with the boot on their neck, even as they try to create new economic opportunities separate from government.
Yet, with all their efforts, Progressives find new ways to wrap their oppression as "charity." Just like in California, Lorena Gonzalez promoted her destructive AB5 as a "win" for independent workers. But she quickly learned both Republican and Democrat voters would have none of it, because she was messing with their dollars.
Today, in Congress, these politicians want to spread this economic oppression nationwide via the PRO-Act, which has similar language to California's AB5. They want ALL companies to reclassify freelancers as "employees." But all that will do is compel organizations to outsource cheaper labor internationally, thus DESTROYING an entire economy that now compromises more than 36% of the current workforce.
The only reason the PRO-Act hasn't made more progress is because of the plague. Americans were forced to work from home; and freelancers were given "freedom" to continue generating income to sustain themselves during this economic crash.
But as these fools watch the economy rebound, they will continue pushing the PRO-Act forward.
So, you can imagine my disdain as I watch Black Beta Progressive Men brag about "phonebanking" on behalf of the PRO-Act, knowing Black single mothers like myself could experience AB5.2.0.
I won't have it.
As I told Twitter Class this week, "I can't wait to start training Black mothers in Atlanta, because I will tell them how you Progressives plan to snatch their growing wealth via your economically oppressive policies." And now I have proof in my hands to prevent more Black Americans from entertaining these WEAK LINK politics and their "phonebanking" agents.
Beloveds, I continue preaching the same message: We have a PRIME opportunity before us to make allies. Forget all the trash your low-IQ Conservative pundits have said over the years. They know NOTHING about Black communities and what we're doing to build generational wealth.
But because of Progressive politics -- which seeks to infiltrate the entire nation -- these communities are suffering and NEED a competing option.
That's why my team and I are poised to bring Conscious Conservatism locally. We will do so in an empowering way. We will bring training and resources directly to the people, and then we will show HOW conservative politics are the best solution for protecting their growing Black Wealth.
Trust me: If we continue doing things God's way, we will get His results.
And I want to thank each of you for being a strong support to this ministry and work. Your contributions are making a TREMENDOUS impact!
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