Because of his advocacy and practice of civil disobedience, Lynd was unable to continue as a full-time history teacher. The history departments at five Chicago-area universities offered him positions, only to have the offers negatived by the school administrations. In 1976, Staughton became a lawyer and until his retirement at the end of 1996 worked for Legal Services in Youngstown, Ohio. He specialized in employment law, and when the steel mills in Youngstown were closed in 1977-1980 he served as lead counsel to the Ecumenical Coalition of the Mahoning Valley, which sought to reopen the mills under worker-community ownership, and brought the action Local 1330 v. U.S. Steel.
Accompanying is an alternative to Organizing.
It's similar to Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed?
Hogan: Many Minds, One Heart:
What did you do at the Freedom School? (in summer 1964
With accompanying, you go TO the people you want to help, to engage in activism with, with the assumption that you both have power, expertise and resources to bring to the table.
Accompanar, accompanendo in Spanish
Tells us about Oscar Romero and why you bring him into your book.
Romero was born of a peasant family, became a priest, and became a Bishop in one part of El Salvador-- a conservative bishop, archbishop"
Current Pope defrocked Liberation Theologist Priests.
Let's talk about unions. You say in your book, "How did the new trade union movement become a top down, bureaucratic affair that caused me to describe rank-and-file labor activists as "broken hearted lovers"?
Punching Out by Glaberman
Quotation by Frederick Douglas
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
You also say, "I came away from the struggle with another conviction as well: that only local unions, not any national union or federation of nation unions, could be looked to for visionary energy and sends of change."
My take away is that you believe that the most effective activism is not centralized.
And you say in your book, "Too often, Left intellectuals gather together and ask each other, "Now, how can we attract workers?" When workers show up, they are a minority. The culture and vocabulary of the meetings have already been established by middle-class conveners, and the workers soon leave."
"The whole bureaucratic apparatus has arteriosclerosis-- that also applies to the central labor body."
You talk about how small acts can become the key events that make big changes happen.
You say about occupy:
Acccompanying and occupying are first cousins, or perhaps, to speak more precisely, blood brothers.
That is, when people set out to walk together as equals, to "make the road by walking," there is likely to grow from that horizontal companionship a shared desire for more enduring arrangements.
Below and to the left (as subcomandante Marcos calls it.)
Our most urgent objective is not to give someone else the authority to act on our behalf. Our greatest need is not to hand over to somebody other than ourselves the responsibility to remake the world.
No, we need to remake the world.
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