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How has your journey with implementing these behaviors been going for you? We hope that you’ve found time and space to foster a little more steadiness. Keep connecting with others when you can’t feel the earth beneath you.
This week we’re looking at another behavior that you can use to find your center and stay in motion.
#4: I will read, listen to, or share a story about how others have resisted injustice.
Why is this important?
So what to do?
- Think locally and globally. US culture has a tendency to look inwards for all its resources. But the globe is big and this is a great time to learn from other movements outside the United States. At the same time, we often look nationally and there are lots of local campaigns and marginalized stories of people waging struggle to be lifted up.
- Every situation is different. We can’t blindly apply a course of action from a different person, place or time to our own experience. But we can expand our sense of possibility, and gather a larger menu of options that might spark our own thinking.
- Find stories about resisting that include strategy and emotions. It’s too easy to find stories of oppression. Our goal is to learn how people struggle for change for the better. But too often “struggle” can mix the emotional journey, too. We’re looking for stories that can inform what we might do and how others weathered the emotional turbulence that comes along with social change.
Make some space this week to explore a story about how others have resisted injustice. There are many places to find stories: elders, books, movies, and more. Soak up their humanity, goodness, tenacity, and creativity. Fill your cup of possibility.
We’ve compiled a list of resources that we recommend for what they have to offer us In these times.
Try incorporating #4 into your life and please let us know how it goes!
You’re not in this alone. Keep sharing! Keep loving!
– Daniel Hunter and Pamela Haines
Resources to read, watch and study
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The story of how people-power in Serbia overthrew a dictator
6-segments of different social movements around the globe: Chile overthrowing a dictator, India kicking out the British, US sit-in movement, Denmark resisting Nazis, Polish workers fighting for independent unions and South Africans fighting apartheid
The global organisation 350.org tells stories of its work and reflects on lessons learned. Great for movement activists
1000+ stories of campaigns around the world. A great research tool
Stories of building groups and relationships across difference, especially timely for this moment
A handbook on building campaigns, useful for all movements and issues
A very big book with great detail on stories of the civil rights movement
US American history from the point of view of people whose stories are omitted from textbooks
A thrilling case study of a single campaign, highly recommended.
A broad view on movement-building
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