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.
LEAVE THE DANCE WITH THE ONE WHO BROUGHT YOU.
When voters of color and young people vote, Democrats win.
To not ensure these specific demographics are continually engaged is a massive oversight
on the part of the Democrats. Looking at ways to adapt successful voter models
in diverse communities is key (see kudos section).
To paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr.,
“Sad is a people who are ignored by one party & taken advantage of by the other.”
“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.
There is only one way to counter the effects of organized money: organized people.
The true keeper of this country’s democracy is its people, whether they decide to participate in the vote
or not. The ability to raise money is still considered the number one factor in
being able to win an election, but recently we have seen campaigns backed by informal
citizen groups show the potential of a people-powered campaign.
If you have actual relationships with people in your district you can create a
campaign that is fueled by sweat & shoe leather rather than money & consultants.
A people-powered campaign may not look as slick as a well-funded campaign, but being authentic and inclusive of your district will pay in creating a viable campaign.
These are my notes from a talk at The Future of News & Civic Media Conference–
As a woman, I can tell you I truly believe that men & women are from different planets.
As a community builder, I know that technology builders
& community builders are from different planets too.
But just as men & women can make music together when they learn each other’s language,
so can technology builders & community builders.
Malia Lazu is founder of The Urban Labs and a Mel King Community Fellow at CoLab.
In this blog feed, she chronicles The Urban Labs’ projects and processes.
The Mission of The Urban Labs is to increase the effectiveness of community organizing
by integrating new media & mobile phone platforms to enhance connectivity & deepen relationships between individuals & community organizing.
These posts originally appear on The Urban Labs Blog.
In the recent past there have been many examples of the mobilizing and organizing potential of networking platforms. One example, the Easter Sunday flash mobbing in Times Square, left me a little dumbfounded. The notion that a couple of hundred young black men were going to 42nd street because their networks on twitter suggested it as an activity for Easter Sunday, was intriguing and while I cannot condone the violence that occurred, the turn out impressed me. I created The Urban Labs because I want to see this type of organizing outcome coming from social justice organizations, not just gangs in these communities.
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