DIVERSITY + INCLUSION = EMPOWERMENT
"A more equitable quality of life is only achieved through a more inclusive society."
It's all about organizers coming together to share their experiences and ideas as organizers, and it's super simple: a few organizers, say six to eight, come together about once a month at someone’s home to discuss organizing principles based on a suggested reading or video. The hope is that organizers from different schools of thought, issue or political campaigns get together to share their unique perspective on organizing.
All of this is done, of course, while enjoying a shared meal and making new friends.
Want to host a Potluckin' 4 Solidarity in your area?
We post reading and video suggestions right here on this page in the summer. If you see something you like and want to host an event in your home, set up the event on our Event page and we will help you get the word out. If you have suggestions of a reading or video that would be great for spurring discussion around an organizing principle, you should also post that below.
Questions? Email us at Louisiana.Movement@gmail.com
BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUS TOPICS
SUMMER 2012 READING
READING: This quarter's suggested reading comes for the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. In particular, we will review the 8th chapter entitled "Saddleback Church and the Montgomery Bus Boycott"
DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK The Power of Habit: At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. The book is divided into three sections: Part One: The Habits of Individuals, Part Two: The Habits of Successful Organizations, Part Three: The Habits of Societies.
EXCERPT from "Chapter 8: Saddleback Church and the Montgomery Bus Boycott":
"When a young Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived in Montgomery in 1954...a year before Parks' arrest, he found a majority of the city's blacks accepted segregation 'without apparent protest. Not only did they seem resigned to segregation per se; they also accepted the abuses and indignities which came with it.'
So why, when Parks was arrested, did things change?"
DOWNLOAD Chapter 8 here for discussion during Potluck 'n Progress: http://bit.ly/saddlebackmontgomery
The entire book is recommended for personal reading and may be purchased in bookstores or online at Amazon.com here: http://amzn.to/NqCg2N
SPRING 2012 READING AND VIDEO
READING: "Marshall Ganz: On where and how the powerless can get power" via Citizen Action Monitor
DESCRIPTION: Marshall Ganz draws on his experience as a civil rights organizer to explain how Montgomery, Alabama blacks transformed their bus fares into a source of power. Following the 4:31-minute video is a transcript of Ganz’s presentation and a repeat summary of his credentials.
“Most inequality is a function of power inequality”
One of the things you learn when you’re organizing – when you see all this inequality you ask “Why?” And one of the questions you ask is: “I know these people are getting screwed. I know these people are losing. Is there anybody benefiting from this? Is it this way just because people just don’t know any better?”
Usually the answer is that people do know better. And they’ve often tried to change it. But because there’s these other folks over here who don’t want it to change, they get stopped. Now the word for that is “power”.
The entire presentation can be found here: http://bit.ly/DiningOrganizerSPRING
WINTER 2011 READING
READING: "Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who are Changing Our World" by Kerry Kennedy
DESCRIPTION:Through photographs by Eddie Adams and interviews by human rights activist Kerry Kennedy, gripping stories are revealed of 51 men and women around the globe who put their lives on the line, surviving imprisonment, torture, and death threats, because of hope for and dedication to a future where equality is common and oppression rare.
"Speak Truth to Power gives us an insight into the power of the human spirit. It tells us why and how men and women all over the world struggle against oppression, injustice, and cruelty. There is horror but there is also immense hope in this world where dedicated people translate their commitment to human rights into action."
-- Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize Laureate
We recommend an excerpt that focus's on Wangari Maathai's Greenbelt Movement in Africa. You can print the excerpt by going to this link:http://greenbeltmovement.org/a.php?id=53&t=p
The book my be purchased here on Amazon.com: