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“Curing” What Truly Ails Us: Reflections on Movement Strategy in the Time of Coronavirus
You already know that organizing, which was already hard, is now bananas. COVID-19 exacerbates the impact of racism and patriarchy on our bodies, on our livelihood, on our lives in ways we never imagined. The most oppressed are the most at risk. Our old tactics of showing up and showing out in numbers puts our people at risk.
Time for an Organizational Justice Tune Up?
It’s that time of the year when the gyms are full of the well intentioned, ready to lean into a healthier lifestyle. Why not take the new year to set new patterns for a healthier organization? Here are four ideas from Higher Ground Change Strategies for “tuning-up” your organization’s justice game.
Toward Movement Grace: Criticism, Self-Criticism and the Wisdom of Silence
Beef. It’s been a part of our work for millennia. We disagree - sometimes over big ideas and basic values. Sometimes over little ideas and tactics. What makes a disagreement full blown beef? Usually it’s a lack of movement manners – a kind of grace – that forgets the humanity of the folk “on the other side.”
I wish I could say that I didn’t see it much. A doesn’t trust B. H is envious of I and uses their criticism as a way of getting a “come up” into the spotlight that is now trained precariously on their target. Those in the spotlight are, in turn, stressed and inept at handling criticism. They lash out, hurt and confused. They forget that spotlight invites scrutiny, and they are woefully ill prepared. Social media has only exacerbated the issue. Big audiences, instant response. So much at stake. It’s all a pretty volatile combination.
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