By Staughton Lynd
To raised comprehend the effect of social hobbies in recent times, this research distinguishes suggestions of social develop into components: organizing, that is attribute of the Sixties stream within the usa, and accompaniment, which used to be articulated through Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador. either are important instruments for knowing and selling social hobbies; in accompaniment, the promoter of social swap and his or her oppressed colleague view themselves as specialists, every one bringing crucial event to a shared undertaking. jointly, as equals, they search to create what the Zapatistas name “another world.” the writer applies the excellence among accompaniment and organizing to 5 social hobbies within which he has taken half: the hard work and civil rights events, the antiwar circulation, prisoner insurgencies, and the circulate sparked by way of Occupy Wall road. additionally integrated are the reviews of the author’s spouse Alice Lynd, a accomplice in...
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Every day, you put your life on the line when you went into that iron house. Every day, you sucked up the dirt and took a chance on breaking your legs or breaking your back. And anyone who’s worked in there knows what I’m talking about. At that point, this white working-class radical in Youngstown, Ohio, did a remarkable thing. He read to the impatient crowd a long passage by a nineteenth-century African American. Now, I don’t like to read to people, but in 1857 Frederick Douglass said something that I think you ought to listen to: “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet discourage agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
I learned that what a middle-class professional like me can offer is needed and important, but even more significant is the way that workers like Vicky Starr, John Sargent, and Ed Mann accompany each other. The concept of “organizing” in the United States derives from the trade union movement. Viewers of the movie Norma Rae will recall the essentials. The full-time “organizer,” whose salary is paid by a national union, is sent into town and registers at a motel. The organizer seeks to win recognition from a local employer at a designated workplace as the exclusive bargaining representative of the workers.
Mrs. Irwin lent me a scrapbook about her husband’s activity, but preferred not to let me see his diary. Alice and I also interviewed George Patterson, picket line captain at the Memorial Day Massacre of 1937. S. Steel’s South Works in Chicago named the Associated Employees. The Associated Employees had mass support. George said that when it called open-air meetings at Bessemer Park in South Chicago the crowds filled the entire area. ” So George and his fellow workers became part of the CIO union in steel, the United Steelworkers of America.
Accompanying. Pathways to Social Change by Staughton Lynd