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    Can activist, more specifically community activists, successfully transition to a politician? – holding community interest over self interest and ensure the community is the creator and not object of policy. In the New York Times: Room for debate opinion section Bob Kerry, former governor of Nebraska and U.S. Senator, defines both terms activist and politician. “An activist is someone who organizes and acts for the purpose of changing a public policy or law. A politician is someone who seeks election to a public office on behalf of a general ideology and/or a specific agenda on which they promise to act. “Though separate terms, I would argue that the overarching theme in both is service to others, whether by way of a grassroots organizing approach…

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    The household model of political organizing constitutes one viable empowerment strategy for marginalized communities. Like every form of emancipatory politics, it presupposes an existence of a political agent or a political subject. While most political frameworks tend to treat the abstract individual as such a political agent, the household model of political organization emphasizes the perspective of the household. Thus, unlike political theories that revolve around the idea of abstract State,…

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    Direct Practice Definition

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    and intervention with communities. Indirect practice activities are undertaken to provide services more effectively and efficiently and to…

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    In the article “200,000 March for Civil Rights in Orderly Washington Rally; President Sees Gain for Negro” by E. W. Kensworthy he writes about how Martin Luther King Jr. helps push the civil rights bill into consideration. Throughout the article he talks about how the people were all gathered in a peaceful demonstration and that makes our nation proud. The main point of the whole demonstration was to tell Congress that they are still waiting for the freedoms that they were promised. Everyone…

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    “Embracing that which makes you different,is what makes you most powerful and strong?”This quote by Darren Criss is good to live by because it is beneficial to people.Another way of phrasing this quote to help better understand it is that people gain strength when embracing what makes them unique.This quote is appealing because what other people may conceive as a weakness is actually what gives you strength.Today,people in society admire stories of triumph and overcoming obstacles.These stories…

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    What happens when a government passes an unjust law? Must the people succumb to that law forever? No, there is a very practical, nonviolent way to overturn an unjust law: civil disobedience. Civil disobedience positively impacts a free society by overturning government injustice efficiently and effectively. Government injustice is seen throughout the world. Even in America, one of the freest countries, unjust laws are passed. What is an unjust law? According to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “An…

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    Martin Luther King Jr.’s A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. is an essential, one-volume compilation of the late Civil Rights activist’s words. Included in the volume are autobiographical reflections, interviews and speeches. Within these compiled words hold Dr. King’s thoughts on a great many subjects including, but not limited to, black nationalism, nonviolence, poverty and segregation. Some of these works include the “Playboy” interview, “Letter…

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    Both Antigone and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. engage in civil disobedience in order to further their own interests. However while Antigone engages in civil disobedience on the basis of sacred or divine laws, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. engages in disobedience based on the moral rights of equality. King uses nonviolent protest to achieve his goals, while Antigone outright breaks laws set by king Creon. Also, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has a big following to his cause with a large group of people…

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    Many people start or join community organizing projects because they feel spiritually connected or inspired. It is with these people that all of our great organizations have been created, for example, churches, mosques, or synagogues are still around today and this is where many activists envisioned their ideas. Inside a church, for instance, a priest will repeat verses from the bible and also give words of advice to the attendees. This enables any person attending to soak the information and…

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    When I think about the meaning of community organizing, I recall a selective memory of my elementary school years. I recall being in Zamora, Michoacan and the teacher telling us that one of our classmate father just passed away. As I just want to point out that the elementary school was on the outskirts of Zamora, and everyone knew each others family. Personally, I knew the señor Francisco Peña but knew him as Don Pancho, he was the carnicero in the area of Valenica. Thus, as I heard the news,…

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