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Jacob Flowers: Change happens from the bottom up

Leading an organizing exercise with South Region staff in Greensboro, NC Photo: Bryan Vana / AFSC

It’s a widely held assumption in community organizing that lasting change comes from the grassroots—that changes comes from the bottom up. If you have lived in the South for any solid period of time, you also know the words of W.E.B. DuBois: “As the South goes, so goes the nation.”

This spring, I am excited to write that resistance to injustice in the South is rising, and that this movement is being led from the grassroots. From the bottom, where the roots of oppression have burrowed deep into our communities, for too long leeching the resources out of those communities to benefit the privilege of others.

That is why the work of the AFSC is so important—so that we can do the deep work which loosens the hold that the roots of oppression have on poor and marginalized communities. These AFSC weed-pullers have been hard at work in the West Virginia teachers’ strike, in offering sanctuary to five undocumented individuals in North Carolina; to literally planting the seeds of growth in community farms in New Orleans and Baltimore; and in so many more places, in many more ways.

Please enjoy this issue of the South Star as we celebrate resistance growing out of the South which we hope will take our nation in a radically different and more positive direction. Read about our work and consider if you can support by getting involved (program contact information is on the back of this newsletter) or by contributing a small donation to help us continue to grow our presence in your community (a donation envelope is conveniently included inside).

Thank you for what you do to support the important work of the AFSC, which could be said to be needed now more than ever!

Yours in struggle,
Jacob Flowers
AFSC South Regional Director

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