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February 2014 – The WIP and MIIS – A Partnership for Change

Posted on February 27, 2014

by Katharine Daniels


February 25, 2014



MONTEREY - This winter I read Saru Jayaraman’s Behind the Kitchen Door. Part investigative journalism, part narrative, Jayaraman exposes the discriminatory, exploitative and often unsanitary labor conditions in one of the largest and fastest growing sectors of the U.S. Economy.


Since reading Behind the Kitchen Door I often think of what Jayaraman calls her “matrix moment” as a restaurant patron. Most Americans pay little attention to restaurant workers who “perform the most intimate acts for us – cooking and serving our food, typically an act reserved for a parent or partner.”


Since recognizing this truth in my own life, I make sure not only to look into the eyes of the men and women I come into contact with on a daily basis – servers in the restaurant industry, clerks at the check-out of my local super market, guards at the gate of the Presidio where my son attends daycare – but also to create a memory in my mind of the individual, recognizing each as unique, with a life interconnected with my own.




About the author: Kate Daniels is the founder and director of The WIP, a publication of the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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