Some food for Thought...
By Malia Lazu
While I love the Chilean miner story,
I haven’t lost sight of the fact they almost died because of the disregard mining has for labor.
Sandra Bullock would have preferred an honest husband & the Tea Party success of 2010
seems to be foreshadowing of our country losing the freedoms we have gained in the last 30 years.
“I think we could learn a lot about how to build consistent civic engagement by looking at long-term relationships like my grandparents.”
We should equate campaigns to dating.
We all know how the first phase works in dating.
You begin dating, & you have so many things in common, you overlook what think to be
small differences. You make time for long dinners & longer conversation.
You see all the values you share & so many reasons why you’d be better together,
& then it happens. You choose to live your life together.
Now you have to go to work and pay the bills & build a home together.
The relationship gets real & it gets hard.
If civic organizations can hold the space for organizing when campaigns do come into town they can be absorbed by the on-going community efforts and feed into the on going business of hope & change. Campaigning is not organizing. McDonalds does provide food products to millions of Americans
but nobody pretends it’s the same as a home cooked meal.
For the past month we at The Urban Labs have been engaged in our first experiment with SMS as an organizing tool.
The Urban Labs, working with Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform & Alternatives (IJJRA), provided an SMS deck for an event campaign that would allow young people to collect RSVP's through SMS & subsequently facilitate event activities through the same deck.
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