[COMM-ORG] Is anyone trying to actually organize in Ferguson?
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[ed: Thanks to Mindy, Ana, and Peter for responding.]
From: Mindy Chateauvert <dr.mindyc at gmail.com>
Also there's a town hall forum on Monday night at the Missouri history
museum in StL 5700 Lindell Ave hosted by Kevin Powell. It's sponsored by
BK Nation and Project Engage Network.
Ana Garcia-Ashley <info at gamaliel.org>
8/21/2014 2:31 PM
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Fire of Faith
Lesson from Ferguson: we must talk about racial equity
Last week, 100-plus participants in Gamaliel weeklong training took part
in an evening conversation about race and structural racism. At tables
of 8, facilitated by staff organizers, multi-generational and
intercultural groups progressed from sharing their first experiences of
race to how structural racism manifests in their issue organizing.
We believe these powerful conversations show us a way forward that we
believe illustrates what must happen next for St. Louis to address the
crisis in Ferguson.
We mourn Michael Brown's killing. We must and we will hold law
enforcement accountable for what happened. But we have an even greater
responsibility as community organizers: to focus in like a laser on
racial inequities of which Ferguson is really a symptom and act to make
the region fairer for all.
It's not just about policing. Unemployment in St. Louis City stood at 26
percent for African Americans and 6.2 percent for whites in 2012,
according to the Census Department's latest available stats. In May,
area researchers revealed residents of St. Louis zip codes separated by
only a few miles have up to an 18-year difference in life expectancy.
The racial disparities in education for St. Louis-area children are
widely known as well.
Today, our St. Louis affiliate Metropolitan Congregations United will
hold a news conference at 4 p.m. at the County Justice Center to call
for the county prosecutor to step aside so that the U.S. Department of
Justice can lead the investigation into Michael Brown's killing and
everyone in the region can have confidence in the process.
On Saturday, Aug. 23, they plan a community canvas with clergy and
leaders from across the region including the Metro East in Illinois,
Kansas City, and beyond hearing from and speaking with people of
Ferguson. Also this weekend, they plan to ask faith leaders in St. Louis
County to preach on racial justice.
Next week they will put all the issues raised the past two weeks front
and center on the agenda for their upcoming public meeting Thursday,
Aug. 28, where they will employ the strategies of fire of faith to
rekindle their economy and generate opportunities and jobs in St. Louis,
rekindle democracy by mobilizing votes, and rekindle their congregations.
Of course, our thoughts and prayers go with them and the people of
Ferguson and the St. Louis region. But for those of us who cannot be
there, this incident on top of so many others in recent years creates an
opening all of us can seize to talk about the impact of structural
racism on our economy, our democracy and our congregations.
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From: Peter Dreier <dreier at oxy.edu>
Todd Swanstrom and I put the turmoil in Ferguson in broader perspective in
this op-ed, "Suburban Ghettos Like Ferguson Are Ticking Time Bombs,"
for the*Washington Post* today. Ferguson is one of a growing number of
suburban ghettos that are isolated from good jobs, lack affordable having,
have been preyed on by predatory banks, and are trapped in a system of
economic and racial segregation. We suggest two ways to address these
problems -- community organizing and regional cooperation.
The analysis parallels the themes of our book (coauthored with John
Mollenkopf), *Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century
<http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/drepl3.html>*. A third edition of the book,
updated and revised, was published this month by University Press of
Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics
Chair, Urban & Environmental Policy Department
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 259-2913
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New book: The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice
Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012)
Updated book: Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (University
Press of Kansas, 3rd edition, 2014) - coauthor with John Mollenkopf and
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