There’s an old fable about a village near a great river, a river used for drinking water, fishing and washing. One day a fisherman noticed someone floating downstream, unable to swim to safety and yelling for help. The fisherman jumped into the river and swam toward him, eventually pulling him safely to the river bank, only to see another person floating downstream, yelling for help.
After saving the second person, more people continued to float down the river. The fisherman then had the idea to set up a post nearby with a villager on duty, ready to jump in and save anyone in peril — a sort of direct service to save people from drowning. However, this didn’t stop the people from floating down river and the villagers couldn’t save everyone.
They began to wonder where all these people were coming from and decided to go upstream to find out. After hiking upriver, they found a perilous broken bridge from which people were falling into the river. The villagers decided to fix the bridge to prevent people from falling in.
They had found a solution to a persistent problem by looking at its direct cause and fixing it.
This classic parable is often used by organizations looking at prevention in the fields of healthcare, education and law enforcement. It also served as a guiding principle for the Humboldt Area Foundation’s newly established Donor Circle Fund.
(via the US Solidarity Economy Network blog)
“Along the rugged coastline of far-Northern California, activists have launched a program to tangibly demonstrate their commitment to food justice and neighborhood building. This local Little Free Pantry initiative is a project of Cooperation Humboldt, a nonprofit committed to creating a solidarity economy on California’s north coast.”
Do you want to restructure society to more effectively and compassionately meet human needs and stop the ecological crisis?
Are you ready to participate in bringing about deep, structural change?
Attend the Movement School for Revolutionaries in Eureka to meet others who feel the same, develop a shared analysis of our current state, discuss how changes can be made here in Humboldt County, and get to work!
Saturday, July 14
Labor Temple – 840 E Street, Eureka
The Movement School for Revolutionaries is a highly participatory political education and strategic orientation workshop designed for those who recognize the need to restructure society to meet human needs stop the ecological crisis. So if you only believe incremental change is needed and/or possible, this isn’t a good fit for you. We are eager to work you on incremental changes later, but this day is about deep, structural change.
We will also talk about how (not “if”) revolutionaries should engage in electoral politics. So if you are a revolutionary who does not believe in engaging elections at all, this isn’t a good fit for you. We are eager to work you on social movement efforts later, but this school is designed for self-described revolutionaries who want to explore elections as one of several tactics.
Mel Figueroa (Campus AntiFascist Network), Emily Kawano (Solidarity Economy Network) and David Cobb (Cooperation Humboldt) will serve as facilitators.
The goals for the day are:
* Understand the larger social & historical context of our current social/ecological/economic crisis & political realignment
* Collaborate with fellow radicals & progressives across party line
* Build a united front of the Left to fight back against both neoliberalism and neofacism
* Develop strategies for engaging elections – and prepare to take and exercise state power