As a (former) social activist, these times are ripe for commentary. However, in most situations I reserve my thoughts. Mostly because I know they will fall on deaf ears. Cee, thats the problem, been the problem. Not enough people care enough to create the momentum for large-scale change. I blame public education. And bloodlines. I began to address the education component on my old blog: www.guidinggeniuses.blogspot.com. It is illogical to think free, public education will produce free-thinking, independently creative individuals. Thats just naivety. And romanticism. And the farthest from the truth. Public education, in its origins was sponsored and authorized by private corporations, with intentions to separate children from their Nationality and to produce competent castes of skilled laborers.
[Note: In a system that requires the trade of capital for food, clothing and shelter, Im all for schools that produce laborers. Having certification of desired skills is the difference between exchanging labor for wages and forced begging for charity due to not being hirable.]
But yeah, public education is baby sitting at this point. American schools are a joke to the rest of the industrialized world. And the human products of the education system are under-educated, with under-developed critical thinking skills. So, true Political Education (PE) conversations are difficult to have.
Which leads me to the point of this post: Solidarity. If we want to talk about changing the laws, swaying politicians and organizing PACs, we need a specialized skill set (not taught in public schools. Those with this type of information pay thousands of dollars for it.... "Invested" they "invested" thousands for this information.) This information is not given freely. And again, public education does not teach how to change the system. Just theory. The theory of how a bill becomes law, the clean cut children's version. Not the facts: Lobbyists and PACs- In Solidarity.
Schools also don't teach liberation theology- they only force feed rebellions that were instigated and ultimately 'won' by the winning team- #TEAMUSA. Solidarity is not placed in a political context or studied as a vocabulary word. Actually as I type and continue to process my thoughts, Im seeing Solidarity as a curse word to the power structures. Its an anti-tactic. And tactics for separation from the established Orders are not taught. Duh.
Solidarity is a lifestyle that is only taught outside the classroom and in the streets; the grassroots movements. My first encounter with Solidarity came by way of a group of Sisters teaching Political Education (PE) classes. They taught the imperative of operational unity; Solidarity. The craft of envisioning ourselves and our places in the grand scheme. Seeing our individual struggles juxtaposed into the grander world view. Understanding that lands are privatized all over this planet and therefore all of our resources are being held for ransom. Of course some jerks are plain stupid and therefore there is no understanding, there will be no collaborations. (Bloodlines...) Yet, to understand their fear masked as hate- fear of losing their strongholds on resources, and fears of not being able to compete for access to those resources. Again, no kumbayah. Just humanizing...
Solidarity means we constantly seek understandings. It means we can reach out to other communities with compassion and intentions. Although tactics differ in the ways we address not having full access to the necessities of life because demi-gods of capital have decided our lives are worthless in relation to the costs of maintaining their legacies.... It means we stand in Sisterhood & Solidarity with other Nations striving to reclaim all that was taken.