— Ken Butigan at Waging Nonviolence. Peacemaking circles become a way of living on Chicago’s South Side
David Graeber at The Baffler. A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse
The Democracy Project (Book)
— Greg Boyle quoted in an article by Michael Carney at Pando Daily. A lot of companies claim to change the world. Homeboy Industries actually does
— Amitava Kumar at The Caravan. The Restoration Of Faith Striving for a broader understanding of retribution
Cheryl Rofer at The Agonist. Barack Obama: Community Organizer
This is a good essay and an example of how good political blogs can be. Rofer responded in the comments of the piece. And a commenter, jo6pac, pointed to a post at Naked Capitalism. That post includes a speech Robert Fitch made just after Obama won the 2008 election embedded from Scribd. I don’t know that the comment thread will go anywhere, but the links are relevant.
But I do believe that if we want to disrupt the pattern of the past we have to make some distinctions: between the change they believe in and the change we believe in; between our interests and theirs; between a notion of community that scapegoats the poor and one that respects their human rights—one of which is not to be the object of ethnic cleaning. Between Hope VI and genuine human hope.
Robert Fitch :The Change They Believe In Speech for Harlem Tenants Association, November 14, 2008
— Jodi Dean in The Guardian. Occupy and UK Uncut: the evolution of activism
The challenge these movements face is how to grow without becoming instruments of the systems they contest
Fortunately, a collapse like this is something that we can bounce back from quickly? How?
By becoming resilient in our personal lives. By learning how to make our own jobs. By becoming healthy and fit and helping others to do the same. By turning our homes into productive assets that reduce our expenses and increase our incomes. By connecting with our families and neighbors to build resilient communities and dynamic local economies. By producing most of the food, water, energy, and products we need locally. By learning to sell and trade artisanal products and services we make locally, to the world."
— John Robb at Resilient Communities. Here’s What You Need to Know About the Collapse of Greece
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