I am jwtukker.
I was born and raised a military brat, from Cheyenne, WY, (birth certificate actually reads “Francis Warren AFB) but, of course, we moved quite often since Dad was career Air Force. Educated in public schools up to a degree in History and several side trips in post-graduate work. Not only well educated but exposed often to more regular toil, I’ve held many jobs (truck driver, packing line, aircraft parts worker, fast food management, etc.) but my central career was in social services focused on mental health and crisis intervention.
I’ve studied philosophy, psychology, anthropology, theology, horticulture and saddle-making in addition to history; most of the world’s religions and philosophies; and, most avidly, human nature.
There is a special place in my life for music, especially good rock ‘n’ roll. And dogs. I love dogs.
I began my involvement with social justice, as I would define it, during the anti-Vietnam protests in the 1960s on the streets of Seattle, WA. After college (University of Washington) I began working in social services, focusing on at-risk teens for various agencies. Without really thinking about it I started my career path. Along the way I worked in detention centers, group homes, secure psychiatric units, schools and wilderness activities; for a variety of agencies serving at-risk families, mentally ill, sex offenders, victims of domestic abuse, homeless and substance abuse.
I have seen a great deal of chaos, suffering and darkness and how it can affect people and families. I’ve seen a lot of injustice, prejudice, judgmentalism and stereotyping. I’ve seen agencies and government departments turn a deaf ear to people in need or drown them in bureaucratic red tape when they should have been helping. I’ve seen agencies setting up programs funded by the government because they held the potential for being a cash cow in revenue and expansion. And I’ve seen how those we elect to represent us so often act in ways that have no value for us but curry favor with special interests and their political aspirations and material benefit.
I believe in the promise that is the foundation and covenant, of America, the promise of freedom and equality for every citizen, without qualification, embracing diversity and inclusion for everyone as our highest ideal. I also believe it is attainable or at least damn close. I believe the struggle is worth it.
And, as always, Resist!