Change is Messy

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Little Rock       One takeaway from the memorials to civil rights leader and organizer, Congressman John Lewis, has been the repeated invocation of the violence that was the handmaiden of the struggle.  Martin Luther King, Jr. preached nonviolence to anyone who would listen, and, tactically, that became the norm and how the movement is remembered, despite …

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The Contradictory Worlds of Political Struggle in Morocco

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Montreal   The magic of the Organizers’ Forum is that we immerse ourselves in the work of counterparts in diverse areas of change making, along with as much of the local culture as we can absorb. The risk and constant caution is not deceiving ourselves that this deep dive ends on solid ground once on shore. …

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Obama: “Change from the Outside”

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New Orleans  What goes around comes around, and President Obama, the Community Organizer-in-Chief (which is way different than the Chief Organizer!), said it during his Univision interview in Miami about the failure to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside.  You can only change …

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