Originally Posted by Zerbie
The distinction between a social movement and a political lobbying group.
HRC grew out of a social movement, but it is not one in itself. It's a sprawling, DC based, political lobbying organization. AS a lobbying organization, AS a political organization, they did the correct thing by lobbying for what was projected as attainable. Had they been a social movement, that gesture would have turned the tide on them, as that was a political strategy, and one that makes sense for a political group.
It took me a while to figure out why HRC's move seemed BOTH right AND wrong to me. Once I put my finger on the distinction between justice as a social movement and on the other hand, an issue-focused political lobby, I had my answer. HRC did the correct thing for a political organization. It is not, however, the correct thing for a social justice movement to do. .
Dear Zerbie: I think you've made a very accurate observation in noting the difference between social movements and political lobbying. And like you, I'm involved with the struggle for justice.
Your analysis also helps with the issue of outrageous salaries that turned me off. The entire Soulforce staff is paid less than one of the CEOs of these political organizations.
Thanks for your clarity. I do consider myself political, and am clearly more of a socialist than a capitalist. But I long ago chose to only support social justice movements. Kara