A Milieu of Interiority
Neither Confrontation Nor Retreat
“war without battle lines,
with neither confrontation nor retreat” DELEUZE & GUATTARI
“Participants streaming in for the march late Friday morning stood in lines that stretched for several blocks, as organizers insisted on taking temperatures as part of coronavirus protocols. Organizers reminded attendees to practice social distancing and wear masks throughout the program.” US MARCH ON WASHINGTON PARTICIPANTS (CR)
- How can we develop intervention strategies to be the agents of change in our communities?
- Active agents in the detection of our needs.
- Active agents in the fulfillment of our wants.
- Active agents in the solutions to our problems.
- How can we not? I mean, “if you're trapped in the dream of the Other, you're ______.”
- Exactly. Aren’t the social agents of a community itself the ones who can recognize themselves in it, in themselves, in all the “others”?
- Who can recognize themselves as the protagonists.
- Who can recognize themselves as the specialists.
- Who can recognize themselves as the transformers.
- A community being the space where social transformations can take place, it is the actors that make up that community who must enable its transformations.
- Aren’t they the ones who experience both conflicts and agreements every day?
- The ones "situated in" themselves.
- The ones situated in their communities.
- The ones situated in their environments.
“Another justice, another movement, another space-time.”
Communities Coming Together
Capping a week of protests and outrage over the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin, civil rights advocates are denouncing police and vigilante violence against Black Americans at a commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Thousands gathered near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Friday, where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic, "I Have a Dream" address, a vision of racial equality that remains elusive for millions of Americans.
The event came on the heels of yet another shooting by a white police officer of a Black man — 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin— that sparked days of protests and violence that left two dead.
In the slim shade near the Lincoln Memorial, 37-year-old Joseph Brown watched the speeches atop the bike he rode from Brooklyn, New York.
"This is what it's all about," he says. "Communities coming together." ASSOCIATED PRESS
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