#Wastepicker Rising: Launching #VoicesofWastepickers @global_rec @RadioActive90_4 @WasteNarratives

Here’s a poem I wrote for #OneBillionRising, but apt for #WastepickerDay

Waste picker Rising

So what if I am a waste picker,
On the never ending road, where no one walks…

So what if I am a waste picker
Walking on a cold street,
Lonesome, yet proud

So what if I am a waste picker
I am the one treading my own path
Reaching out for the scraps, so carelessly tossed out

So what if I an a waste picker
With bruised hands, hoarded tears,
Pained silences, vacant thoughts and fatigued feet
I am the one lifting, stirring, picking,changing and cleaning…

So what if I am a waste picker…
I rise with every fall
I rise with very obstacle
I rise through your dominance
I rise through your ignorance
I rise through your caste based hypocrisy and discrimination
I rise through the depths of a hollow marriage
I rise through the myopic vision of the authorities calling shots on the city’s waste management
I rise through the names you call me
I rise through the mixed waste you throw out
I rise with every spent energies and rigid stances

I strive, I soar, I push, I rise,
For I have a voice
I have a name, I am who I am
I am the waste picker, charting new frontiers
Pinky Chandran

Number 3-Lone wastepicker
Voices of waste pickers is a collaborative project, to amplify the voices of waste pickers across the globe. Co – Produced by the community, the audio series gives you a glimpse into the lives of the informal workers, discuss important policy related issues related to the informal waste sector and talk about their struggle. One of the objectives of the project is to make information available in audio format for those who can not read.
The website at WPvoices.globalrec.org is the center piece of the project where all the radio shows and contents are hosted and distributed.
This is a collaborative project with Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz, Hasirudala and the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers (globalrec.org)
#voicesofwastepickers #voicesofchange #amplifyvoices

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