A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

Sorry Elvis, we still need to talk. Saturated, but it seems absurd to contemplate writing about anything other than Trayvon Martin this week.  Staring at the masthead of our blog, and reading the tagline, viewing social justice challenges and opportunities through the prism of current events, I keep thinking, “now is no time to be silent,” because in the simplest of terms, this is both a challenge AND an opportunity.

But it is hard to have words, much less the right words.  My head has been scrambled with the news accounts, analysis and personal posts and the enormity of the chasm we clearly still have to scale. How do we ensure entire populations are not forgotten?  This has been a pressing question for me, since the ruling on DOMA that brought both jubilation and concern. Is there only so much air in the balloon that to fill some of us up, others of us need to tragically be pushed further out?

These are big questions that require bold actions. Voices have gathered to make this known on a political level, and I pray that public outcry is finally too much to ignore.

At the same time, when emotions are high, when we want justice and it doesn’t come, it can be helpful, and necessary to take a breath and look at the pieces before us, that we can do something about. We can think about the systemic nature of discrimination, and recognize that it starts on a small scale, in often quiet places, and do the work to identify our own part of this process. The place where fears run our decision-making and stymie our ideals for the world we all hope to live in.

What threads can we pull out and examine – as individuals, families and workplaces? This is the work we must do steadily and intentionally to unveil and remediate our own prejudices and those of our institutions.

This is leadership, and civic participation. In the wake of disillusionment and anger, this is the role we can and must play in both amplifying the outcry, and in being part of a very necessary solution.

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Stayed tuned to Eyes and Campaign Consultation, Inc. for a follow up on how to get these conversations started, and continued.

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Michelle Bond

I have worked as a social change agent within diverse communities for fifteen years. My primary focus: engaging communities of people – whether social profits or government; urban or rural; national or global – in development, consensus-building and behavior-changing initiatives. As Vice President at Campaign Consultation, Inc., I am responsible for cultivating relationships, overseeing client portfolios, project management, program design, and staff development. Read more.

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