|Cincinnati, OH – Sep 7, 2008 – I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.
– Sarah Palin, 2008
Wiith those caustic words, Gov Sarah Palin ignited a firestorm in the African American community. Palin’s words resulted in a call being issued by The AfroSpear for a ‘Day of Blogging for Justice: Community Organizers’. The AfroSpear notes that many heed the call for community organizing within the Black community, both online and in the ‘real world’, as teachers, church deacons, and non-profit volunteers. We condemn statements that criticize community organizing – statements that challenge the value of the “one thousand points of light” volunteerism, non-profit and charitable work that President George H.W. Bush made a centerpiece of his social programs.Rather than attempt to score political points by attacking charitable and non-profit sector efforts, those who seek to lead America should join those community organizers in churches, schools, PTAs, Girls and Boys Clubs, and all those who work tirelessly to make America a better place, every day of the week.Therefore, on Monday, September 8, 2008, The AfroSpear will conduct a Day of Blogging for Justice: Community Organizers. AfroSpear members and supporters will blog to highlight the crucial community-building efforts of people online and in our own communities. Even a church choir is a community organizing effort and no one should belittle such efforts.
This is a nonpartisan effort. If you have questions or wish to discuss further you can reach out to any member of The AfroSpear including Wayne Hicks, Francis Holland or Frederic Mitchell.
|About The AfroSpear The AfroSpear is an online think tank for Black progressive bloggers who discuss, muse, and ruminate on issues that affect our communities. This group is a virtual force that encourages lively debate, discourse, and an occasional disagreement as we hone a platform on a particular issue. About Electronic Village Electronic Village, founded in January 2007, is a blog created to share information and dialogue that is uplifting to people of African descent. This blog is ranked in the Top 25 of all Black blogs.