Is Revolution the Point?

You know that phrase, life is about the journey, not the destination?

Is the same true for community organizing?

I think that a lot of us who get into community organizing get up in the vision of revolution– creating a movement that makes the world a more peaceful, equitable, justice-filled place to live. And that’s why a lot of people leave community organizing, too. Even after a few short years, the work starts to feel like work. It’s a grind with long hours, low (if any) pay, and often, very few results. The dream of bringing the justice-for-all revolution, or raising up the generation that brings it seems a more distant dream than most.

How many of us have a journey that can sustain us through the difficult work?

It’s a very real possibility that we will never reach that goal. Is the journey good enough?


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