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25. greatlaurel
Tue Aug 26, 2014, 11:30 AM
Aug 2014

. . . so much about this forum has been rewarding, even in the face of the often trivial and mostly meaningless fights over politicians - most notably, for me, the way in which so many people have come together to elevate the concerns of this relatively small town into our discussions and debates.

What I'd like to do, moving forward, is to focus more on ways in which we can transfer much of the energy and attention generated out of this tragedy into political action.

Baynard Rustin, a key organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, argued in his book, 'Strategies for Freedom', that for any movement to have a permanent and transforming imprint, it should have a legislative goal attached which will transcend the whims of the emotions of the moment. Describing a different struggle that America faced with the advancement of civil rights, he wrote that:

"Moral fervor can't maintain your movement, nor can the act of participation itself. There must be a genuine commitment to the advancement of the people. To have such a commitment is also to have a militant sense of responsibility, a recognition that actions have consequences which have a very real effect on the individual lives of those one seeks to advance."

"Far too many movements lack both a (legislative) perspective and a sense of responsibility, and they fail because of it," Ruskin wrote.

That's the kind of effort I believe is already underway in MO., and it's my hope and aim that we elevate that fight and struggle into our debates and discussion with the same fervor and attention that we provided to the resistance to the protests and demonstrations.

Thanks for your own attention and dedication to these issues and advocacy that have been elevated out of the tragedy and resulting chaos in Ferguson. I, too, am looking forward to our continuing focus on those concerns and remedies in the coming days, weeks, and beyond.

We the 'People of Ferguson' [View all] bigtree Aug 2014 OP
K&R csziggy Aug 2014 #1
thanks, csziggy bigtree Aug 2014 #3
Recommended panader0 Aug 2014 #2
thanks, panader0 bigtree Aug 2014 #4
K&R ReRe Aug 2014 #5
Yes, indeed. n/t think4yourself Aug 2014 #6
thanks, think4yourself bigtree Aug 2014 #15
thanks, ReRe bigtree Aug 2014 #10
Thank you for this great summary. As I think back in history I realize that demonstrations like this jwirr Aug 2014 #7
very good point, jwirr bigtree Aug 2014 #11
Thank you, bigtree. Kicked and recommended. Enthusiast Aug 2014 #8
thank you, Enthusiast, for echoing that bigtree Aug 2014 #12
right here with you, bigtree hopemountain Aug 2014 #9
what an amazingly frightening experience that must have been, hopemountain bigtree Aug 2014 #13
Thank you for sharing your story, hopemountain. Enthusiast Aug 2014 #22
What a frightening story, hopemountain. This should NEVER happen in a country that sabrina 1 Aug 2014 #26
REC! SammyWinstonJack Aug 2014 #14
thx, SWJ! bigtree Aug 2014 #16
kick bigtree Aug 2014 #17
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Thank you for all your posts about Ferguson. greatlaurel Aug 2014 #21
greatlaurel bigtree Aug 2014 #25
I agree, your OP IS an 'outstanding post'. I hope you continue to write here on this issue sabrina 1 Aug 2014 #27
thanks, sabrina bigtree Aug 2014 #30
I am so afraid that this issue will just go away, as it did so many other times when it seemed sabrina 1 Aug 2014 #31
Thank you for your tirelessness and dedication etherealtruth Aug 2014 #23
thanks, etherealtruth bigtree Aug 2014 #24
k&r marym625 Aug 2014 #28
thank you, Mary bigtree Aug 2014 #29
Not a problem marym625 Aug 2014 #32
I suppose it's too late marym625 Sep 2014 #33
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