Tim Harris, founder and executive director of Real Change wrote:
The Boston years were about getting my butt kicked and organizing without a roadmap.” By the time Harris left for Seattle in 1994, he understood that homeless people couldn’t win without allies, and that street newspapers could bring people together.
How does one meet the immediate survival needs of those who are have nothing while building institutional power to fight the root causes of homelessness and poverty?
Please read: For The Alma Mater
by Tim Harris ~ Apesmas Lament ~ Saturday, February 21, 2009
Tim writes in another blog posting:
An initiative campaign launched last week to shine a little light on the City’s freight train approach to building a new jail in Seattle. It’s the culmination of about four months of discussion and planning. …
In my more hopeful moments, I think that this effort, and the opportunity for movement building across race, class, and issue that it represents, is just the kind of organizing that could lead to the new civil rights movement this nation so badly needs. In my less hopeful moments, I think of how overwhelming the odds against our success really are, and how this could be just one more example of institutional power and momentum overwhelming citizen participation.
Please read: Living In The Burning Light
by Tim Harris ~ Apesmas Lament ~ Tuesday, February 3, 2009.
Tim, you remind me of Jack Scully, a very important part of my history. (Read Alec’s Everything for Everybody.)
Jack told me in 1973 that I was too naive for this world — and I very much disagreed with him. I was 21 then. Now I know he was right. Sometimes I think he still is and that’s alright.