Accompanying. Pathways to Social Change by Staughton Lynd

By Staughton Lynd

To raised comprehend the impression of social hobbies lately, this research distinguishes techniques of social develop into elements: organizing, that is attribute of the Sixties stream within the usa, and accompaniment, which was once articulated by way of Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador. either are worthwhile instruments for realizing and selling social hobbies; in accompaniment, the promoter of social swap and his or her oppressed colleague view themselves as specialists, every one bringing integral event to a shared venture. 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 stream, prisoner insurgencies, and the move sparked via Occupy Wall highway. additionally integrated are the stories of the author’s spouse Alice Lynd, a accomplice in...

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9 Copies of Denis’s book reached prisoners held in indefinite solitary confinement at California’s supermaximum security prison at Pelican Bay. Their successful hunger strike is described later in this book. Prisoners at the heart of the insurgency say that had they not read Denis’s book, along with writings on Mayan cosmology, they would never have gotten the idea that they could proceed on a course of peaceful resistance through a hunger strike and they would never have achieved their victory.

We found our way to accompaniment by way of Alice’s experience of draft counseling. ”3 The draft counselor was presumably an expert on Selective Service law and regulations, and on the practice of local draft boards. But the counselee was an expert on his own life experience, on the predictable responses of parents and significant others, and on how much risk the counselee was prepared to confront. I describe in the chapter on the labor movement how, as a historian, I derived my interpretation of what has gone wrong with the trade union movement from steelworkers John Sargent and Ed Mann, and automobile worker Marty Glaberman.

During the war, John had learned some Japanese as a guard at a prisoner of war camp, and after VJ Day married a young Japanese woman whom he brought back to Youngstown. Ed and John worked at the Brier Hill mill of Youngstown Sheet & Tube. They had both been active in the United Labor Party, a surprising fusion of Trotskyists and members of the IWW with a base in the Akron tire plants. It became clear that they believed in racial equality both in the mill and in the Youngstown community, where swimming pools were still segregated after World War II.

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