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Accompanying. Pathways to Social Change by Staughton Lynd

By Staughton Lynd

To higher comprehend the influence of social activities lately, this research distinguishes suggestions of social develop into components: organizing, that is attribute of the Nineteen Sixties stream within the usa, and accompaniment, which was once articulated by way of Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador. either are priceless instruments for realizing and selling social hobbies; in accompaniment, the promoter of social swap and his or her oppressed colleague view themselves as specialists, each one bringing crucial adventure 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 events during which he has taken half: the hard work and civil rights events, the antiwar stream, prisoner insurgencies, and the circulate sparked by means of Occupy Wall highway. additionally incorporated are the reports of the author’s spouse Alice Lynd, a companion in...

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We felt no need to approve an activity as an organization before individual members of the Club ventured forth to undertake it. Instead, Ed or I or anyone would say something like, “Driving over here, I saw that the So-and-So workers had a picket line. I stopped and asked them if they needed help. I’m going back tomorrow morning with a load of firewood. ” It was leading by example. And it worked. Two memorable actions of the Workers Solidarity Club illustrate the possibilities of a qualitatively different kind of unionism.

Alice Lynd (Boston: Beacon Press, 1968), p. 209. 7. The different versions of this parable appear in Matthew 21:33–41; Mark 12:1–9; Luke 20:9–16. 8. Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubačić, Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism, and Radical History (Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2008); Andrej Grubačić, “Introduction,” in From Here to There, pp. 3–26. 9. Denis O’Hearn, Nothing but an Unfinished Song: Bobby Sands, the Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation (New York: Nation Books, 2006).

I became one of the first four staff members of Mr. Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation Training Institute in 1968. I believe I have a basis for the conclusion that union organizing and community organizing a la Alinsky are cut from the same cloth. There is the same tendency to personalize conflict by singling out a principal spokesperson for the “enemy” by name. There is the same conviction that support can be mobilized only by appealing to the narrow, self-interested motives of individual workers.

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