By Daniel Hunter
Increasing at the name to motion in Michelle Alexander's acclaimed best-seller, the hot Jim Crow, this obtainable organizing consultant places instruments on your fingers that can assist you and your workforce know the way to make significant, powerful switch. find out about your function in movement-building and the way to choose and construct campaigns that give a contribution in the direction of an even bigger mass move opposed to the most important penal approach on this planet. this significant new source bargains examples from this and different activities, time-tested organizing suggestions, and imaginative and prescient to encourage, problem, and inspire.
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To solve the problem, Steve decided to out-organize the traditional party by building a group of formerly incarcerated people who had worked against such “tough on crime” legislation and having them run for local Democratic seats. Steve believed the shame of being incarcerated or even being related to “convicts” kept people from standing up for what is right. Organizers understand that shame festers and breeds when people experience something as a personal failing they cannot overcome. He challenged that shame by getting people together and showing how their background made them experts on what needed to change.
For that, Jerry needed to find groups who were waging campaigns to change the system. He needed to join with others to solve problems and take on the system. “A lot of people get caught up trying to build a campaign without a group. We talk about issues and assume people will automatically come together to resolve that issue. They don’t. ”11 And that’s when he met other Organizers. After a talk he gave about his own story, an organizer with All of Us or None came up to him. She heard his story and was moved, and encouraged him to join their group, which had just launched a new campaign to eliminate the box on employment forms asking about prior convictions.
By making these changes, we can chip away at the larger oppressive system and hone our ability to transform society. My hope is that the organizing principles, tools, and stories presented in this booklet will help those who read it play an active role in building a movement powerful enough to end the New Jim Crow—a movement to not merely reform the current system, but one that will bring about deep-rooted and lasting structural change. 1 The 1,200 people locked in the SHU are placed in 7 x 11 foot cells, locked inside for at least 22 hours a day, and fed through a slot in the cell door to limit any semblance of human contact.