Highlander Director Pam McMichael was a guest blogger on USA Service, the official website of the national organizing call to ongoing service issued by President Barack Obama on Martin Luther King Day on the eve of his inauguration.
Pam’s post, “Community Organizing: Balm for Tired Souls,” says in part:
Being a community organizer means being able to hold conflicting sentiments at the same time: grief for the many lives our society has thrown away in the gap between the promise of America and the reality of America; hope for the vision of what our society could be if based on values of fairness, justice and inclusivity; and courage to make that vision real.
For us to transform our communities to ones of equity, opportunity and sustainability, our service to relieve suffering must be connected to organizing to change the systemic conditions that created the suffering.
You can read the rest of Pam’s post here.
6/22/09 – Fixed the link to Pam McMichael’s article.