ONE MORE PERSON PROMOTING PEACE
I’m grateful to have an opportunity to be part of BLOGGERS FOR PEACE. We are many individuals who have committed to blogging about peace at least once a month.
Last month I wrote about the connection between peace and justice. As the founder of a social justice non-profit, I worked as a community organizer for twelve years. I taught about social justice movements and the skills needed to be an organizer.
Still, while thinking of what I wanted to write about PEACE, I felt a bit overwhelmed by the topic and I admit I felt a little powerless for a moment. PEACE. I think of all the harm that has been done and is being done by people who choose non-peaceful approaches to solving problems. As I acknowledge that profound hurt and trauma, it is easy to see how that can knock the wind out of any of us. But then, I get a grip and I remember what I know.
THE ONLY THING THAT EVER CHANGES SOCIETY IS PEOPLE POWER. People power is when many, many individuals put their energy and their skills towards promoting an important idea or value. PEACE is one such idea!
Here is how I used to explain the work of an organizer. There are three categories of work that need to be done: 1) Become expert on your issue, 2) Do broad public education, and 3) Create the mechanism to mobilize the public.
BLOGGERS FOR PEACE are doing these things. There is a lot of incredibly good teaching about PEACE in these posts. The goals of this effort are to have LOTS of attention paid to PEACE. And, hopefully some people will be inspired to organize specific actions on specific peace related issues.
So, yes, we can all agree that something big like seeking PEACE can feel overwhelming. But history teaches us that if we combine our individual efforts, we can accomplish great things. PEACE is a great thing.
I’m totally in! I hope you are too!
- RT @missydepino: Peaceful protest at @Starbucks by people of all colors. To the one aggressive man across the street arguing for his “white… 2 months ago
- RT @missydepino: The protest is growing outside the @Starbucks. The woman on the right in the red shirt is 90 years old and told a story ab… 2 months ago