Today is the day for going to workshops I tell myself. Yesterday was great – nonviolence training, peace teams, and speaking on a panel, but today I want to be a participant.
First up, a conversation with Grace Lee Boggs and Emmanuel Wallerstein, two elders of the movement.
Grace Lee Boggs is an amazing organizer who celebrated her 95th birthday this last week. She and her husband, Jimmie Boggs, who died in 1993, have been the center of much of the creative and inspiring work in Detroit for decades.
* “Another world is possible, but not inevitable. The world of 2050 will be what we make it. We have the power within us to change it.”
* We need to resist the danger of becoming mindless activists acting as if only action matters. Ideas matter”
* The struggle is both long and immediate. We need to take care of the present and look toward the future. In the short run we need to minimize the pain, in the medium run we transform the world. What will win the struggle?
* “ (R )evolution is a new beginning. It is not to prove our analysis is right. ” (Grace Lee Boggs)
* “In uncertainty there is hope.” (Grace Lee Boggs)
* We don’t need to capture the state we need to change the paradigm. Those who capture the state become prisoners of the state.
* A real revolution is an advancement in the concept of what it means to be human.
Another spontaneous, “on the fly” training, a check-in with the team at tent city and the day wraps up with a good (if late) dinner at a local Middle Eastern restaurant.