Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Day 3 - Habari Gani? UJIMA, habari gani!

Grand Crossing Park Neighborhood Network
"...What YOU can do for YOUR Neighborhood"

Ujima (Collective work & responsibility)
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Engagement. The principle of Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) teaches us that we must build the good and sustainable communities, societies and world we all want, and that we deserve to live in and leave to those after us. As Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune taught us, that “We must remake the world. The task is nothing less than that.” This means engaging and solving the major problems of the world, including , poverty, famine and food insecurity, education, housing, environmental degradation, economic security, disaster preparedness, HIV/AIDS and other health issues, , racism, public violence, corporate plunder, war, occupation, crime and the criminal injustice system.

Mentoring- Mentoring is one of best expressions of the Kwanzaa value Ujima, Collective Work and Responsibility. Mentor a family member, classmate or friend during the course of the year or semester.

Tutoring- Like mentoring, tutoring is a great example of Collective Work and Responsibility. Tutor a friend or classmate or family member.

Problem Solving: As a family, class or neighborhood, identify a problem or issue which needs address or resolved and work together to come up with a resolution.

The Spike Lee film - "Chiraq", gives us a good example of Ujima. The women pulled an 'Ujima' move by working together for the common good. As has been mentioned that move "sex strike" has been used in recent history to good effect. That won't be happening in Chicago, but where is it we can strike a blow for community. The protesters are currently doing their part. In our neighborhoods we can start the work of collective engagement by teaming up in our neighborhood organizations and getting targeted work done through needed initiatives. Our neighborhoods would benefit tremendously thru work in mental health services and treatment. Creating a voice and making change happen. With all the violence, that's probably half the battle.
Help do the "collective work" obtain a ticket and join us in Karamu at Joesephine's this Friday evening, 5-8pm. And bring a friend."
Yours in fellowship,--
Brad O. Redrick,

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