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Subject:

Grace Lee Boggs: 'We Need to Grow Our Souls'

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Grace Lee Boggs: 'We Need to Grow Our Souls'

Boggs: The "secret to visionary organizing" is a "combination
of philosophy and activism"

Common Dreams staff
March 13, 2012
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/03/13-7

At an event to celebrate the work of Grace Lee Boggs, the
long-time activist says that "we need to grow our souls" and
emphasizes that the "secret to visionary organizing" is "a
combination of philosophy and activism."

The Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco held the
event on March 3 titled Building the Next American
Revolution: A Celebration and Tribute to Grace Lee Boggs.

In this segment, Boggs explains how the east-west dynamic is
changing. Speaking of immigrants like her own parents who
came from China, she says, "You came for this golden mountain
of the American Dream, but now people are going east --
Apple, General Electric" are going to China. But, she says,
"they make a mess of things. They poison the water. They
poison the air. They exploit the workers and we envy them
because we think they're growing economically and we owe them
a lot of money."

In this segment she also gives "the secret to the future."
She states that the "secret to visionary organizing" is a
"combination of philosophy and activism."

(Boggs begins speaking at around 13:30 - TO SEE THE VIDEOS, 
go to the url, above - ps moderator.)

As Grace Lee Boggs continues she encourages us to "grow our
souls."

"We need to grow our souls. We need to find that balance of
life that respects each other, that thinks that the most
important thing at this time on the clock of the world is not
our accumulation of things, is not economic growth which
threatens and imperils all life on this planet including
ourselves, that the time has come to grow our souls, to grow
our relationships with one another, to create families that
are loving and communities that are loving, to bring the
neighbor back into the hood... There are so many ways in
which we can grow our souls and the souls of those around
us."

This segment also takes a tender look at pictures from Boggs'
childhood and early start in activism.

With hope and wisdom, Boggs says that the "older I grow...
the more I feel that young people are the solution rather
than the problem" and explains how that perspective has
helped transform Detroit.

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