It’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything. A lot has been happening in my home country of the good ol’ US of A. It’s been an emotional roller coaster to say the least. I don’t want to get political here— heck, I barely get political in my daily life. However, it’s obvious to me that a lot of people in my social circles feel trapped and scared. Everyone is entitled to their emotions and their personal reflections. But I want to take this moment to empower you to make a difference, regardless of your worldview.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a fascinating book by Michelle Alexander describing how the United States which elected Barack Obama, their first black president, is incarcerating the majority of their black young men. Alexander argues that the citizens of the United States have not ended racial segregation, we have merely redesigned it. Some day, I’ll post my review for that book and we can discuss those points. Today isn’t about that book, but it’s about a companion to that book: Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow: an organizing guide.
After the call to action Alexander gave in The New Jim Crow it’s easy to be impassioned. But where to start? Hunter’s brief book highlights his experiences as a successful organizer and provides actionable steps for the reader. Filled with powerful stories and examples of both success and failure, Hunter makes it easy to see how one can truly be an agent of change in their own community. His realistic, concrete, and specific examples provide tangible opens for individuals to begin finding ways to work with others and chip away at larger issues.
Yes, the focus in this book is on mass incarceration, but looking beyond those examples it is easy to see how Hunter’s ideas can be applied to any form of social action. Hunter describes what to social change moment is and how to grow one. No matter at what level you want to be involved, this guide provides actionable steps for anyone interested. From how to begin a social justice campaign to providing tools, strategy, and tactics, Hunter establishes a common language for those who want to be involved in making change. With this text, you can identify simple ways to organize and take action in your own community.
If you want to make change but you aren’t certain how, or if you don’t feel like you as an individual can even make a dent in transformational change, read this book.
Bonus: As of November 11th, you can get a copy of this book FREE for Kindle! Thanks Amazon!!
If you are upset, concerned, worried, or scared– don’t cower in the corner. Learn and empower yourself. Be stronger. Be the change you want to see in the world.
What do you think?
- Are you involved in any social action/justice programs in your community?
- Do you know of any other reference materials which might help empower people to drive change in their own community?
- Have you read The New Jim Crow? What did you think? Did it inspire you?