Join a neighborhood community organization. (even if you live in an apartment)
It could be called a community Safety Patrol (a concerned committee).
- conduct it in an organized fashion
- stay in communication with each other
- meet regularly
- meet with your local precinct council (keep them informed & be open to advice)
- recruit everyone in the neighborhood, not just newcomers & homeowners*
and acknowledge their potential, they respond.
Karen: Also,consider the leadership in us and what that looks like. Don't be so rigid in who can lead. See the value in everybody that is coming to the table to do good.
Lurie's Homework Assignment for 2019:
- Practice the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa everyday. We celebrate it for a week but it's suppose to set the tone for the rest of the year.
- Join a neighborhood watch (collective works & responsibility).
- Find a Black organization to support monthly.
- Open the doors of your religious institution to the people who need to be there. It doesn't matter if they are members and tithe payers or not. (Saturday Schools for Black children; Job Fairs once a month or quarterly)
- Start a Family Book Club. (quarterly not monthly; gives you time to do a couple of chapters at a time, be more organized, think about it & see the impact on your family)
- Have accountability partners. Without people to hold you accountable, it's so easy to be a dreamer during the day and a sleeper at night. You're dreaming big dreams but you're not building anything. You need people that can hold you accountable, who are working with you, but are going to benefit from what it is that you are dreaming about.
- See the best in Black people. None of these things mean anything unless we recognize the importance of bending over backwards to see the best in Black people. Because we have been taught to literally despise our reflection, there has to be a commitment to a "Harriet Tubman-type of love" for Black people.
"We may not all see the same thing. Somebody's going to see something I don't see and maybe I don't agree with their perspective on it. Because that's the great thing about books. They're written in such a way that you're going to internalize things. So, that's an exercise in and of itself. We have not been properly trained in the art of discourse and as a result, we don't know how to talk to one other."
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