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Bridging the Class Divide: And Other Lessons for Grassroots by Linda Stout

By Linda Stout

Time and again social switch movements--on topic s from the surroundings to women's rights--have been run by way of middle-class leaders. yet that allows you to make genuine growth towards fiscal and social switch, bad people--those most influenced via social problems--must be those to talk up and lead.It could be performed. Linda Stout herself grew up in poverty in rural North Carolina and went directly to discovered certainly one of this country's such a lot profitable and leading edge grassroots businesses, the Piedmont Peace venture. operating for peace, jobs, well-being care, and uncomplicated social providers in North Carolina's conservative Piedmont area, the venture has attracted nationwide cognizance for its luck in drawing management from inside of a working-class group, actively encouraging range, and empowering those that have by no means had a voice in coverage judgements to talk up for his or her personal pursuits. The Piedmont Peace venture demonstrates that new methods of organizing can rather work.Bridging the category Divide tells the inspiring tale of Linda Stout's existence because the daughter of a tenant farmer, as a self-taught activist, and as a pace-setter within the revolutionary stream. It additionally supplies sensible classes on easy methods to construct genuine operating relationships among humans of alternative source of revenue degrees, races, and genders. This ebook will motivate and enhance someone who works for swap in our society.

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I had to learn to be proud of who I was despite my poverty. Through working to understand how poverty and classism oppress people, I found my own voice. Trusting my own voice meant overcoming both my fear of expressing my views and the feeling that I didn't deserve to be heard. The only people who have ever been able to understand these feelings have been those who have had to overcome the same barriers. So, what does this have to do with writing? I began to understand that "our words" were important.

I would study lessons ahead of timeahead Page 21 of the class so that when we had class discussions, I would know what was coming up. I was afraid, but also very determined. I started speaking a little bit at a time, but the main thing was that I just started paying attention to building up my confidence. It really paid off! In one six-week period, I went from being an average C student to being an A+ student again. After I started making good grades, I began thinking more and more about college.

Page xvii I owe a great debt to my mentors and spiritual guides: Ron Charity, Septima Clark, my Cherokee great-grandmother, and my father, Herschal Stout. And finally, I thank my mother, Kathleen Stout, whose unconditional love, support, and belief in me have never wavered. Page 1 Introduction In order to understand why I wrote this book you need to understand my vision for the future. It is this vision that has led me to work most of my life for social change and to begin to look at what I believe we, as a progressive movement, need to focus on.

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