A People’s Movement:
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. In your journal, take some time to reflect on and respond to these questions: Consider organizations in your own community that are composed of people directly impacted by the injustice they address e. What might it mean for you to work with this group in a position of accountability? Are there things that make you uncomfortable or hesitant about taking on such a role?
Things that make you feel eager or excited? What are the possibilities you can imagine in such work and in such a relationship?
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Take A Break! Remember the basic notion of accountability as you move into unfamiliar territory: Support communities by responding to the needs they express as you are able Listen to, invite direction from, and remain accountable to those directly impacted by injustice Remember that being a good ally often means stepping back Listen, listen, listen! When considering a particular project, find out what is already happening in the community and talk to the individuals and group s most affected before taking action. Be conscious of the safety of those most at risk.
Be willing to take a supporting role on issues that do not directly affect us.
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Receive leadership from affected groups. Are we listening to or dominating the conversation? Are we showing respect for the work others have been doing, or barraging them with our solutions? Are we believing their stories and perspectives, or asking critical questions to make them prove themselves?
Partner with organizations recognized as legitimate representatives of the community we are working with, not self-appointed groups. Structure meetings and events in a manner that is inclusive and accessible to many different people, including those with special needs.
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