Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, by Si Kahn

By Si Kahn

With a bit Creativity, daily humans Can swap the realm   if you happen to yearn to aid make the realm a greater position yet ask yourself the way to do it, glance no additional. during this specific ebook, mythical organizer and musician Si Kahn regales us with enjoyable, humorous, unhappy, dramatic, and encouraging stories of his paintings in one of the most very important revolutionary struggles of the prior fifty years—the Southern civil rights circulate, the Harlan County coal miners’ strike, the fights to abolish criminal privatization and immigrant relatives detention. Si addresses not only thoughts and strategies yet how inventive group organizing can prod us to benefit new abilities, inspire us to take hazards, and remodel us into functional visionaries for justice.

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If I had to choose one moment in my forty-five years as an organizer to illustrate how fundamentally smart I really am, what follows would not be the one. "No, don't do that," I said. "Leave me in here, at least over­ night. It's j ust what we need to get people fired up. Think of the mass meeting we can have tomorrow:' He looked at me like I was crazy. He was right. "Uh-huh;' he said, with that particular southern inflection that compresses several paragraphs into five letters, and walked out.

It was a command, clear as day. carry out I was trying to figure out just how I was going to the order when I heard the cell door open. Sure enoug crew-cutted acquaintance from the holding cell. h, it was my "You just got bailed out;' he said. I followed him down the stairs. The local leader was waiting for me, smiling. I have rarely been so grateful to anyone for ignoring my advice. Crew cut handed me back my wallet and car keys. " I stopped and turned around. He was holding out my fishing license.

Place. On guard duty one night (we were nonviolent, we just But I am also completely removed from the fact of Lawrence Jones's death. wanted to be sure the white townspeople stayed nonviolent, too) , sleeping on the floor facing the front door with a shotgun by my What responsibility, then, do we as creative community orga­ side, I once almost shot my SNCC coworker Dwight Simmons have when things go wrong? How do we learn to think when he banged hard and loud on the front door at three in the about, act on, and live with these moral dilemmas?

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