When do the people in a group stop being people? When they’re treated as
cogs within a machine, or part of somebody else’s plan.
For a successful, sustainable neighborhood community, space is needed first and foremost. Space in a literal sense, to continue and to facilitate the initiative. But also space in a transcendental sense, in the minds of people and their organizations, to join these new forms of togetherness.
"Without community there is no liberation, only the most vulnerable and temporary armistice between an individual and her oppression."
Audre Lorde, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House
"It's not about self care - it's about collective care. Collective care means shifting our organizations to be ones where people feel fine if they get sick, cry, have needs, start late because the bus broke down, move slower, ones where there's food at meetings, people work from home - and these things aren't things we apologize for. It's the way we do the work, which centers disabled-femme-of-color ways of being in the world, where many of us have often worked from our sickbeds, our kid beds, or our too-crazy-to-go-out-today beds. Where we actually care for each other and don't leave each other behind."
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice