(NOTE) This is a preliminary post…Links, details and further rants and rails are forthcoming after I leave school.
In the football game of life, the community organizer is the fullback; the lead blocking reliable check-down receiver who takes all the punishment to enable the other skill players to shine.
In the basketball game of life, the community organizer is the board crashing, pick setting, charge taking power forward who has no plays run for him
In the baseball game of life, the community organizer is the utility player who can play any position effectively, leads the team in sacrifice bunts and every other intangible that never shows up in the box score.
Any chance Sarah Palin had of registering on my radar of people I respect evaporated the moment she talked about my momma.
My mother was is a community organizer. She spent the entirety of my puberty putting in 45-80 hours a week bringing the gospel (and carbs) of the Girl Scouts to previously unserved housing projects in outlying parts of Allegheny County.
Now she is a supervisor for a transitional housing unit for mothers who have completed drug treatment programs.
Being a community organizer, in my broad definition applies to anyone who is involved in building people and communities.
There is a delicious, yet thus far untasted irony in having Alaska Governor Sarah Palin take shots at not just one person who was once a community organizer but at the very notion of community organizing.
Of course, conservatives are partly lining up behind Palin just so they can stay in the game. But it’s not all crass opportunism. To any religious conservative, Palin, with all her contradictions and hypocrisies, is a very familiar type in this peculiar moment in evangelical history.
Starting in the 1970s, leaders such as Dobson began rewriting the rules of the traditional Christian marriage to make it more palatable in an age of feminism. Domestic work was elevated to a special calling; Christian women were told their child-rearing decisions had national implications, as they were raising a generation of righteous soldiers. Mom took on a political tinge. Home-schooling mothers dragged their large broods to volunteer in campaigns. Like with many Christian moms of her generation, Palin’s résumé starts with the PTA.
What really grates me about Palin’s diss is what she MEANT.
Palin wasn’t trying to insult ALL community orgainzers, because she WAS one.
Palin was insulting the very idea that OTHER people who are community organizers for THEIR (read: inferior) communities.
That one of those OTHER community organizers would have the audacity to think that preparing out of work steelworkers from an international city like Chicago for the coming 21st century economy was in anyway comparable to being involved with the Wasilla, AK PTA is simply more than she can stand.
As I write this, the very notion that I should devote a lot of time to Gov. Palin comes off as casting pearls after swine.
The truth is, Gov. Palin has nothing against the idea of Community Orgainzing. She WANTS communities to be orgainzed. Even yours.
Gov. Palin doesn’t think orgainzing communities counts as preparation for a career in Politics….unless it is HER community or one like it.
So if you will excuse me, I will go back to orgainzing my community and leave Gov. Palin to her bigoted and small-minded notions of experience.
I think it is vital, especially given the tumultuous times we are in
as a community(despite Gov. Plain’s (sp) assertion that communities
apparently don’t need organizing anymore) and as a nation, that we
never lose sight on acknowledging that behind all these dynamic blogs
and movements are real people with real lives.
(Cross posted from my Afrospear Google Group)
Because the vast majority of us conduct our online activism on a
volunteer basis, on top of everything else that we do, “real Life” has
a tendency to encroach upon our ability to fulfill our passion for
activism and community uplift. (a fact that makes Gov. Plain’s
cutdown even more infuriating).
On August 24, 2008 I flew my sons back to Maryland to accompany them
to their first day of school.in Fifth and first grade. I then flew
back to Texas, for MY first day of school in 15 years as a freshman at
a junior college taking a full load while continuing to work full-time
plus at my job at what I affectionately call the plantation.
Wednesday Night, my wife and I found ourselves in custody of two young
children who we didn’t even know 5 months ago, probably permanently.
They weren’t literally dropped on my stoop, because that would have
required the minimum effort of actually BRINGING them to my house.
To say the least, it has been a chaotic two and a half weeks. Just as
it was getting truly hectic and I thought I was drowning…
A huge dose of help arrived from a member of this collective and
inspiration from another blogger who couldn’t have posted an item to
me directly, but it seemed to be done just for me.
Those two incidents, one done purposefully, one encountered by chance,
made my day and have re-energized me in all phases of my busy life.
So, on this Saturday, take a moment to look around you and offer
support and encouragement to someone around you. This action is at
the core of our message in this group and will ultimately make the
Peace and Love,
PS…the movie was rather Meh. This part here…was great.
You shall excuse the obvious irony with Flavor Flav talking about folk watching Garbage. That is beside the point. I don’t think Flav thought he would be doing NOW what he was decrying then.
Carmen Twittered me a bunch of us(Screen Name Inkognegro, Followmenow) giving us a heads up on a crime that makes Ocean 11 look like taking too many pennies from the take one leave one cup down at the Piggly Wiggly.
what crime? From the Black Agenda Report
On February 17 of next year, 5,100 new digital TV channels are scheduled to become operational. Every single one of them is stolen.
The biggest theft of the public airwaves in U.S. history is nearly complete, a crime perpetrated in semi-secret, that transfers a brand new universe of the digital broadcast spectrum into the possession of wholly undeserving corporations. As a result Blacks, other minorities, unions, community organizations and all other non-rich societal stakeholders may be shut out of the main streams of television for the foreseeable future.
So, what’s the big deal?
Ponder, if you will, how the media failed to do its due diligence in regards to the run-up to the Iraq War.
Ponder, if you will, the media’s performance during the election.
Ponder, if you will, the media’s ability to obsess on a topic, drill it into the ground and do NOTHING to enlighten people on what’s really going on. (See Favre, Brett)
Ponder, if you will, The current incarnation of One Flavor Flav versus the incarnation of Mr. Flav that existed when the soundtrack of this post first appeared twenty years ago.
Finally, ponder, if you will, the ability willingness of the mainstream media to address anything with the necessary complexity in order to inform us.
Clearly the Corporate Media (the messenger of the Universal Evil “THEY” that I talk about so much) has no interest in being anything other than what they are.
Clearly they aren’t interested in a whole lot of competition for the nation’s attention.
Clearly true information isn’t going to just hop up on your lap, ladies and gentlemen, you are going to have to continue to go out there and get it.
Once upon a time, I was involved in a childhood game where you mustered up all the static electricity you could (usually off of the carpet) and then you went and shocked another person.
Once, one of my older cousins succeeded in genuinely shocking me to the point that I was genuinely uncomfortable and rather skittish to play the game from that point forward.
I also have had unfortunate incidents involving jumper cables that have me rather slow on the draw to deal with electricity.
You can imagine, therefore that I am not a particularly big fan of Tasers.
I would be lying if I tried to pass myself off as some kind of anti-tasering activist though.
I am going to take this Day of Blogging for Justice to address a larger issue.
So much of the focus is based around the weapon, when the real focus should be based on the psychology of the user.
The reality is, before Tasers, Cops were just shooting folk…well mostly black folk.
When they weren’t Sodomizing..errr…Beating…err…turning the hose…err…loosing the dogs on…you get the picture.
Tasers were introduced as a means to minimize the use of firearms…a noble exercise to be sure.
But unless you work on the psyche of the user…the psyche that minimizes the value of the suspect to less than that of a test dummy…the user will find a way to abuse the weapon.
IN that spirit I will shut my ignorant ass up and point you to folk much more qualified than me to weigh in.
And WHAT might you ask, is the Afrospear?
Compliments of on the Black Hand Side
The AfroSpear Nation
The Afrosphere – the entire diaspora of black bloggers
What Is the AfroSpear?
The origins of “AfroSpear” started from a discussion a group of us had in regards to developing a community of African/Black progressive minded bloggers. From further discussions it developed into an idea to create a diasporic-wide think tank type blog comprising of 6 bloggers: 3 women and 3 men. The vision was that it would focus on discussing issues, exchanging ideas and creating strategies, with the objective of developing concrete and viable solutions to tackle the concerns relating to those of African descent worldwide. The origins of “AfroSpear” started from a discussion a group of us had in regards to developing a community of African/Black progressive minded bloggers. From further discussions it developed into an idea to create a diasporic-wide think tank type blog comprising of 6 bloggers: 3 women and 3 men. The vision was that it would focus on discussing issues, exchanging ideas and creating strategies, with the objective of developing concrete and viable solutions to tackle the concerns relating to those of African descent worldwide.
The AfroSpear is “setting Black agendas and shaping public opinion.” — Los Angeles Times
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This is not an association I take lightly. The Black Blogosphere is the most dynamic and innovative force in Black Media (no…I am NOT exaggerating.) right now, and this membership is something I am extremely proud of.
Shout out to Electronic Villager and the rest of the members.
I will deal with this more thoroughly as time permits.
*puts on his daddy cape and launches into the stratosphere*