Organizing for Social Change

This weeks reading on Organizing for Social Change (53-63) was interesting for me and connected to my life.  First of all, it was broken down into the four categories of dialectic tensions that the authors felt central to the process of social change.  These consisted of 1.) Control and Emancipation 2.) Oppression and Empowerment 3.) Dissemination and Dialogue 4.) Fragmentation and Unity.  I think the last of these topics is the most important.  The reading explains “On one hand fragmentation may be necessary to preserve diservisty. On the other hand, these differences create tensions and separate people rather then unify them.” These opposing statements are at the heart of any group that wants to make changes in the world.  Every person in the group wants to have their voice heard, and people may differ in opinions.  However at the end of the day, the group must ultimately make a decision that some members may not be pleased about, albeit it is most beneficial to the group.

The personal part of the reading relates to the topic of Community Suppers that occur in the U.S.A.  As a student-athlete at UNC, I have had interactions with the Inter-Faith Council and the Homeless Shelter on the corner of Rosemary and MLK road.  Our lacrosse team has a competition each fall during Thanksgiving in which each class makes a Thanksgiving dinner in which a small portion is judged by our Coach’s four daughters (yes he has four daughters and they are all under 10). The winner gets points for their team and we deliver the dinners to the shelter.  It is a great feeling to give back to people less fortunate and like the reading says, it is important for these people as well because they realize they are just as apart of this community as anyone else and that there is always hope.  Here is the link to their website where it is easy to volunteer!

http://www.ifcweb.org/index.html

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