Spidersilk of a new alliance

August 10, 2009

As you might imagine from my recent post, one of my most consistent critiques of the so-called progressive movement has been its fragmentation. Usually, I find myself trying–and failing–to articulate the complicated intersectionality of multiple issues or the importance of working as allies across both issues and strategies. But every now and then, a new frame comes along that quickly and easily puts more folks under the same tent without all the messiness.

The Highlander Research and Education Center has recently been playing around with a new alliance building frame: displacement. Gulf Coast residents displaced by Katrina, Rita and Gustav. Appalachian mining communities displaced by mountain top removal. Low-income folks displaced by gentrification. Immigrants. Refugees.

It’s got me thinking–who else could be integrated into this coalition?



One comment

  1. Any number of developing country constituencies affected by international economic policy, unfettered resource extraction and resultant conflicts, etc.

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