Webinar Part Two

Understanding this Political Moment

In Part Two of our Webinar Series, we take stock of some of the big themes emerging under this right wing populist administration, and learn from past movements to better navigate the future. We look at two models for understanding and locating social movement responses: the Building Power model from Project South, and the 8 Stages of Movement Building model.

Segment One

Segment Two

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We also want to share a poem that pairs nicely with this webinar:


I believe in living.
I believe in the spectrum? of Beta days and Gamma people.
I believe in sunshine ?in windmills and waterfalls,? tricycles and rocking chairs.
And I believe that seeds grow into sprouts,
And sprouts grow into trees.
I believe in the magic of the hands.
And in the wisdom of the eyes.
I believe in rain and tears.
And in the blood of infinity.

I believe in life.
And I have seen the death parade?march through the torso of the earth,? sculpting mud bodies in its path.
I have seen the destruction of the daylight,? and seen the bloodthirsty maggots ?prayed to and saluted.

I have seen the kind become the blind
and the blind become the bind ?in one easy lesson.
I have walked on cut glass.
I have eaten crow and blunder bread? and breathed the stench of indifference.

I have been locked by the lawless.
Handcuffed by the haters.
Gagged by the greedy.
And, if I know anything at all, ?it’s that a wall is just a wall? and nothing more at all.
It can be broken down.

I believe in living.
I believe in birth.
I believe in the sweat of love ?and in the fire of truth.

And I believe that a lost ship,
steered by tired, seasick sailors,
can still be guided home
to port.

-Assata Shakur