By Staughton Lynd
To raised comprehend the influence of social activities lately, this research distinguishes recommendations of social grow to be elements: organizing, that's attribute of the Sixties circulation within the usa, and accompaniment, which used to be articulated through Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador. either are beneficial instruments for figuring out and selling social activities; in accompaniment, the promoter of social swap and his or her oppressed colleague view themselves as specialists, each 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 activities within which he has taken half: the hard work and civil rights pursuits, the antiwar circulate, prisoner insurgencies, and the circulation sparked through Occupy Wall road. additionally incorporated are the reviews of the author’s spouse Alice Lynd, a companion in...
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If the clients were from a unionized workplace and worked under a collective bargaining agreement, they were likely to know how it had been interpreted and thus be at least as accurate as ourselves in predicting the fate of any particular grievance. S. 4 Similarly, when Alice represented persons seeking Social Security disability benefits, only they could describe the loss of life functions imposed by their impairments. Thus, the language of “accompaniment” that we later became acquainted with in Central America described a process we had already come to know in practice.
The sheriff thereupon ordered those under his command to open fire. “We are all leaders” was an alternative image of what a union could be like. It was not until Alice and I moved to Chicago that I began to experience enlightenment with regard to the question: what happened to the radicalism of the early CIO? It came about through dramatic encounters with a steelworker, John Sargent, and an automobile worker, Marty Glaberman. John Sargent At about the same time Alice and I were getting to know the “union maids,” I had the opportunity to meet steelworker John Sargent.
Occupy Wall Street offers a different paradigm. The typical participant is a young person who got a high school diploma, completed college or, in some cases, graduate school, is burdened by student debts, and can’t get a job. Only after students or former students had carried out the initial direct action were they joined by members of various New York City trade unions. This is a pattern that I have found in other uprisings often assumed to have been revolts initiated by the working class. 5 The vision is of an entire people—the “99 percent” excluded from wealth and power—joining together to change the world.