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day of blogging for justice: community organizers  

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In a Country whose very foundation was built on community activism, seems strange to have to justify its importance and impact. Yet, on this 8th day of September in the year 2008, we find ourselves having to do just that.

Why is it be necessary to remind our Nation- or at least a segment of our Nation - of communities organized by individuals who sought a "More Perfect Union" resulting in the Great Experiment known as The United States of America. Why is it be necessary to remind our Nation- or at least a segment of a nation - of communities organized by individuals who sought freedom for those enslaved by its citizenry? Why is it be necessary to remind our Nation - or at least a segment of our Nation - of communities organized by individuals who fought for the right for us to vote regardless of race or gender? Why is it necessary to remind our Nation - or at least a segment of our Nation - of communities organized by individuals who marched, boycotted, and in many cases died for the right to "Have a Dream"?

Why is it necessary? It is necessary because our Nation - or at least a segment of our nation - has forgotten the ideals on which this Nation was founded: E unum pluribus...Out of Many One. They have forgotten, or see no significance, in community-based movements that have changed our Nation and our World. Whether it be HIV/AIDS or Apartheid in South Africa or genocide in Darfur or Voting Rights, community organizers have played an integral part and had significant impact these issues and instigated change. To discount the significance and importance of Community Organizers, is to discount the significance and importance of what it means and is to be American.

For it is the Community Organizer who accepts the challenge and ofttimes thankless and dangerous position to go up against the status quo. It is the Community Organizer whose very life is dedicated to leaving the pile higher that it was found regardless of the cost. Yet, it is the Community Organizer who finds him or herself in the throes of ridicule, obstacles, and obstructions. It is the Community Organizer who is well aware that his or her success is measured solely on the success of the beneficiaries of his or her commitment and dedication. It is the Community Organizer who strives for a "More Perfect Union" where its citizenry - endowed by The Creator with the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - can live the American Dream.

It is for this reason, that Sojourner's Place has joined with other AfroSpear and Afrosphere on this Day of Blogging for Justice in support, recognition, and gratefulness for the work and dedication of those who have made life better for us all. Those who are "just" Community Organizers.

Please visit other bloggers blogging for justice today: Electronic Village African American Opinion African American Political Pundit African Path Afro-Netizen Allegory in a Chokehold Ancestral Energies Appetite for Equal Rights A Slant Truth Black Looks Black Political Thought Brave New Films California Now Citizen Jane Community Organizers Against Sarah Palin CripChick's Weblog Dallas Progress Dallas South Blog Eddie G. Griffin (BASG) Elaine Vigneault Electronic Village Elle, PhD eVIPlist Feministing Community Fort Wayne African-American Independant Woman Francis L. Holland Blog From My Brown Eyed View greenUPGRADER Hey Shae! I'll Offer You Eternal Bliss Illvox: Anarchist of Color InkogNegro 1.75 Jack & Jill Politics Jump Off The Bridge Keith's Space Labor Is Not a Commodity Living Life Abundantly MicroBrother MOMocrats Monroe Anderson NYCweboy Pirate Satellite PlanetSave Production Not Reproduction Professor Kim's News Notes RaceWire Radical Russ via Pam's House Blend Regina's Family Seasons Something Within Springer's Journal The 'D' Spot The 'D' Spot Redeux The Hillary 100 The Jose Vilson Blog The Safer Blog The SuperSpade This is Not My Country UltraVioletUnderground USA Today Vanessa Unplugged We Are All Community Organizers What If Where the Revolution's Gonna Begin Wichita NAACP Blog WoC.PhD Write Black Young Black Professional Guide

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9 sojourners hollin' back

I've added your post to the list that I'm maintaining on my blog. It is amazing to see how much resentment surfaced from the remarks of Rudy and Sarah at the RepConvention...

peace, Villager

September 8, 2008 at 6:44 AM

im down add me all my work is in prisons and with juv offenders

September 8, 2008 at 8:45 AM

Awesome post! And an AWESOME cause! I hope that the McCain/Palin people are reading and forwarding all of today's posts!
I am not on the list but I did jump in with my 2 cents! Take a look when you get a chance!

September 8, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Here's my letter to Gov. Palin from

Monday, September 8, 2008
Dear Gov. Palin: Critizing Obama's Community Work Insults Us All

"The history of America has been largely created by the deeds of its working people and their organizations. Nor has this contribution been confined to raising wages and bettering work conditions; it has been fundamental to almost every effort to extend and strengthen our democracy."
--William Cahn, labor historian
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Governor Palin:

Last week, at the Republican convention, you chided the democrat's presidential candidate for president Barack Obama for having been a community organizer. You said it was a position with no real responsibilities. But the daddy is writing to tell you three things only a politician working for the rich and a politician attempting to score points to get into office like Palin would make such an ignorant, anti-progressive comment.

Let's be clear: what you really said is that Barack, a graduate of one of the best law schools in the country, an individual who turned down a lucrative income from numerous prestigious law firms to organize unemployed steel workers and the poor in public housing on the South side of Chicago, had no responsibilities and was engaged in work of little, if any, importance. But in your attempt to demean Obama, you did something more: you revealed your vast ignorance of the immense and invaluable role that community organizers played and continue to play in the development of this country. Clearly, you have little or no knowledge of abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth helped get rid of slavery; union leaders like John Lewis who got rid of child
labor and gave us health benefits and retirement packages,
overtime pay other benefits; the Betty Friedans, Gloria Steinams and Ida B. Wells who organized so you, a woman, could get the right to vote; the Dr. Kings, Ella Mae Bakers, Bayard Rustins and Fannie Lou Hamers who were beaten and jailed but helped rid this country of apartheid in the southern part of the United States; the Cesar Chavezes who fought and continue to fight to bring the discrimination and brutal treatment of farm workers out of the shadows and to give them full economic and human rights.

But your ignorance and insensitivity to community work and its importance in the development of this country is not the worst thing. Worst of all is its utter insult to the black Americans. After all, it is Black Americans who have had to organize and fight continuously and so long to achieve rights and respect that most white Americans take for granted. Indeed, one could argue that it is this struggle, this community work, that is our greatest legacy and our greatest gift in this country. Therefore, in insulting Obama's community work, you, in essence, insulted the historical legacy of an oppressed people who he represents and a struggle that is shared by so many, a struggle that has, at last, gotten this country to a point where the son of a single mother who used food stamps was nominated the presidential candidate for a major party in the United States.

Besides reading up on your American history, there's only one other way for you to atone for your reckless and ill-informed remarks: apologize to Mr. Obama, his family and the American people for demeaning a history of community work that has made this such a great country.


Mac Walton, aka. the daddy

September 8, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Much obliged to all stopping by SjP's today to help bring awareness and focus to the accomplishments and importance of Community Organizers in our society. I only hope and pray that today's efforts will not fall on the deaf ears of those who wish to minimize these efforts. Afterall where would we be without them - probably still enslaved and singing God Save the Queen.

September 8, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Hey Sojourner.

Great, great post.
"Why is it necessary? It is necessary because our Nation - or at least a segment of our nation - has forgotten the ideals on which this Nation was founded: E unum pluribus...Out of Many One."

This says it all for me. Great job.

September 8, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Hey there SjP!!

Keep on blowing the trumpet, my sista!!
{raised fist in the air}

@ Keith
Great point!

@ Regina
I will hop over and see what you've posted!

@ Mac
We MUST get married very soon! (smiles)

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

September 8, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Well spoken, straight to the point ... you better Preach!

September 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Great blog and a fantastic move of a "Day of Blogging for Justice: Community Organizers". Shame on Palin and Giulliani for dumping on such an American as apple pie tradition! Community Organizers have been at the leading edge for change and justice in this country.

However, I think this issue deserves more than a single day, this movement should continue up to 12:00 midnight November 4th, voting day. We should all participate, however, I think all Comunity Organizers who want change and justice in America should lead the effort, with the result in mind of the defeat of anti Community Organizers McCain/Palin and the victorious election of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the US! The Community Organizers should eorganize (eorganize=Community Organizers organizing an effort of the online community) all Community Organizer organizations for a concerted effort to show their effectiveness as a force for change in America. This is their call to action and their time to get the national and international recognition they deserve.

It is extremely important that Community Organizers combine their efforts (independent of race or religion) for the next two months and demonstrate their effectiveness and importance in the American Community by playing a pivotal role in defeating the party of McCain/Palin (which belittled and insulted them) and elect Barack Obama (Biden) President of the United States of America.

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