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12 Area of Social Change

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A comprehensive solution is needed. We’ve gotta address all areas of human activity, focusing on the problems experienced by the urban community. Why? Cause most of us are poor, oppressed, and stuck in situations we have a hard time getting out of. Even if you’re broke in the suburbs, you can relate. Even if you’ve got an okay job, you understand what J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) means, and you can relate. Our core problems are not that different, once we cut through the surface level issues of style and culture. After surveying over two thousand people from around the globe, we arrived at twelve key areas where we should concentrate our efforts to reduce the problems we experience. These areas are known as the 12 Areas of Social Change.

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  1. Many of us suffer from the lack of a positive self- image, or an understanding of our place in the world. Because our communities have been oppres sed for so long, and history has been rewritten so that we think it has ALWAYS been that way, many of us find it difficult to envision a better reality. This is just as true for well-educated people as it is for uneducated people. We have to create effective means by which to teach our communities to see themselves as great again, as well as means by whic h we can “self-actualize” into our full potential. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Knowledge vs. Faith/Belief, Ideology, Cosmology, Concepts of Self , Sense of Purpose, Problem-Solving Process, Theology, Critical Thinking, and Strategic Planning.

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  2. Research shows that Black and brown children outper form other children in nearly every measurable area, right until they reach school age. Then what happens? Our communities typically suffer from substandard schools that prov ide poor meals, poor curriculum, poor instruction, poor expectations, poor disciplinary p olicies, poor leadership, and poor relationships with families and the community. As i t is, we send our children to schools that teach them how to stay poor. We have to create more effective and culturally appropriate models of education. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Independent Schools, Homeschools, Mentoring/ Non-formal Educati on, Adult Education, Life-skills/ Soft Skills Training, Infusing Education into Other Areas, Liberation Theology, Online Education, Teacher Training, and Transforming Tradi tional Teachers.

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  3. So much of what we become as adults is influenced b y what happens to us between conception and age four. Unfortunately, our childre n are likely to experience chemical, physical, or emotional trauma during those years, e ffectively stunting our future growth in ways that remain difficult to measure. We have to c reate better models by which to raise our children. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Culturally- Relevant Best Practices in Parenting, Prenatal Care , Childbearing/ Midwifery, Early Child Development and Psychology.

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  4. Despite serious challenges, our communities are som ehow resilient enough to preserve many of the traditions and values that are found in our homelands. However, there is a lack of consensus about how these traditions can be made mo re universal, more structured, or how to ensure a balance between entertainment, recreati on, and the serious work that must be done. We have to begin these discussions and nurtur e models of collaboration, support, and understanding. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Teaching and Maintaining Traditions, Values, Ethics, Principles, and Rites; Cross-Cultural Collaboration; Developing Healthy Social Structures and Value Syst ems; Sports and Competition; and Arts, Style, and Entertainment.

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  5. It is a well-known fact that Black and brown people , particularly young Black men, are more likely to be profiled, harassed, arrested, convicte d, and stripped of their rights than other communities. We have to educate our communities on the ways this system works while developing systems and advocacy groups that prevent the regular abuses of justice we suffer. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Navigating the Legal/Judicial System, Advocacy, Juvenile Justice, Prison Issues, Alternatives to Incarceration, Business Law, Family Law, Tort Law, Human Rights, Civil Rights, Liberation of the Oppressed, Indigenous Peoples’ Issues

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  6. Economic clout is a basic building block of self-de termine. Yet our communities are marked by a lack of thriving businesses and high rates of financial mismanagement. We have to create models by which we can be financially self-s ufficient, and businesses with a commitment to the community can thrive. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Economics, Personal Finance, For-profit Development, Nonprofit Development, Employment, Job Readiness, Consulting, Marketing, Accounting, Entre preneurship, Business Management, Property Ownership, Industry, Manufacture, Export, Construction, Skilled Trades, and International Trade.

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  7. Our communities are graveyards, not only because of physical violence, but because of serious health issues that prevail at rates you can ’t find anywhere else on Earth. We have to create means by which healthy living is practical, achievable, affordable, and rewarding. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Physical Health and Fitness, Healthy Communities, Healthy Diet, Hol istic Health, Gardening and Farming, Sustainable Living, Urban Survival, and Environment al Activism.

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  8. Thanks to generations of oppression, we also suffer from significant mental health issues, which are often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Even w hen diagnosed, these issues are rarely treated effectively. We have to develop and employ culturally-relevant mental health treatment protocols that allow us all to live up to our full potential, rather than as broken versions of what we could be. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Mental Health, Emotional Wellness, Psychological Issues, Personali ty Disorders, Cognitive Issues, Therapy, Counseling, Grief, PTSD, and Addictions and Recover y.

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  9. Our communities are marked by serious gaps in aware ness and communication. Our middle- class is disconnected from our most marginalized po pulations, in nearly every way, despite the fact that people from these two groups are ofte n related by blood. We have to engage each other in dialogue, collaboration, and mutual r espect and support. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Prison Outreach, International Outreach, Work with the Hom eless, Mentoring/ Street Outreach, Organizing, Self-Determination, Land Rights, and Co mmunity Control.

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  10. Our communities are broken because our families are broken. We lack the kinds of support, stability, and counseling required to make family l ife desirable and successful. We have to reclaim the importance of sustainable family struct ures. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Dating, Love, Relationships, Families, Coparenting, and Custodial Issues.

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  11. Our communities are either excluded from participat ing in progressive political/civic action, or unaware of how to do so effectively. We also don ’t always understand how politics is found throughout society, not simply in our branche s of government. We have to develop models to govern our own communities and to ensure accountability from the political leaders who are supposed to represent us. We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: Conflict Resolution, Violence Prevention, Mediation, Communi ty Governance, Civic Leadership, and International Alignment/Solidarity.

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  12. Our communities are stereotyped, exploited, crimina lized, dehumanized, and “dumbed down” by Western media. We have to control, support , and enjoy our own media. 9 We will provide curriculum, programs, and resources in the following areas: News Media, Music, Television, Film, Radio, Social Media, and t he Internet.

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We Need a Movement What if I said that there was a small group of urban entrepreneurs, educators, and community workers who had developed a plan to transform our conditions? That is, we could literally turn “hoods” back into neighborhoods? I am convinced that we can, and I’m betting everything I have on this plan. Give me 30 minutes of your time to show you that I have a structured plan for how we could feasibly begin the process of massive social change in the urban community. Not only can we do this, we can do this without funding, without outside help, without government assistance, and without some sort of miracle. If you’re not convinced, you won’t have to read another word about it. I just need 28 more minutes to show you that this is something that can work and I stand behind it. If you like what you read, all I will ask of you is that you lend us your blessing and whatever support you would like to offer. No obligation other than that. Click to read Our Story
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