[Hpn] Big Hearts can be harmful! Justice not Charity!

unclescam unclescam@buskers.org
Sat, 06 Jan 2001 15:58:42 -0500

might i add that it's often as good to discomfort "our siide" too. the victim
routine can be non productive also. as one who is excoriated for some views
here, this strikes as fair action.

Tom Boland wrote:

> Mikala Bembery <mybembery@altavista.com> of Roofless Women writes us:
> >I was just flashing on a meeting at a non-profit... I always open my
> >mouth, right or wrong which makes me the pain in the ass that shows up and
> >says things that cause discomfort.  ...I am not in this to disorganize any
> >efforts, I only want to change the PR campaign. Justice not Charity! A
> >home should not only be for the priveliged or those who get in good with
> >the big heart clan.
> Being _stuck_ in "oppositional relationships" crimps organizers'
> effectiveness.  To win allies and funds, organizers need "emotional
> flexibility".
> Still, we must never forget: We have the "right to be angry".
> Ange assessed can make clear our unmet needs.  Anger can energize us and
> our exploited peers to stay active for social justice.
> Sugar pills won't cure what ails us. Healing injustice takes a fair dose of
> Powerful Bitching.
> People with power and resources would love "disgruntled people" to always
> "hold our tongues".  They'd rather we "politely beg" for what scraps they
> may throw to dissenters they wish to silence.
> "Don't upset the apple cart," they advise.  And why not?  Such "logic"
> suits their interests.
> The the rich and powerful do _well_ under the Status Quo.  Poor and
> homeless people do _not_.  To get our Fair Share, we must at times
> "discomfort the comfortable".
> Mikala, thanks for reminding us to stay on-message: "Justice not Charity!"
> -- Tom Boland
> ''Those who are with the civil rights agenda must not choose collegiality
> over civil rights and social justice,'' -- Rev. Jesse Jackson
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