Community Activism

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We believe this blog reflects a beginning of online community activism. We are brainstorming ways to take it offline and with the assistance of community activists and you, we are slowly getting there. However, community activism is not something our movements do. We are losing many fronts due to non-profits, corporations, law enforcement, and government agencies dictating the way that we should be moving forward.  In the U.S., we don’t talk about this factor in discussing movements. We have a fantasy that we are still moving forward, when, upon further reflection, many people think we are moving back.

John McNight has a plan to get us back on movements:

In many nations local people have been called to come together to pursue a common calling. It would be a mistake to label that calling ABCD, or Community Building. Those are just names. They are inadequate words for groups of local people who have the courage to discover their own way—to create a culture made by their own vision. It is a handmade, homemade vision. And, wherever we look, it is a culture that starts the same way:

First, we see what we have—individually, as neighbors and in this place of ours.

Second, we know that the power of what we have grows from creating new connections and relationships among and between what we have.

Third, we know that these connections happen when we individually or collectively act to make the connections—they don’t just happen by themselves.[Link]

One of the techniques often cited by anti-street harassment activists is to engage the person harassing you. Once they know your name and how you feel about that harassment, they will generally stop harassing you. Of course, this is individual-by-individual change and not systemic, but it is a start.

He goes to give us a great blueprint (a real one, JayZ, a real one) on how to make our movements a reality and in our neighborhoods. We want to start Anti-Gender-Based Violence Neighborhoods. We want to have an anti-violence movement with men, women, transgender, of all races, classes, all orientations, all political theories, and ethnic backgrounds. We want to raise our sons and daughters to be respectful and loving; to be strong and nurturing; to be brave and fearless.

Let’s do it using this blueprint.