There is a growing recognition on the left that an election is only one of many avenues for change-making. The organizing work taking place at the community-level -- wholly outside the DNC hall -- has the greater power to push a progressive agenda.
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Nassim Zerriffi's activism campaign class introduces middle-schoolers to the complexities of history, the realities of ISIS and why Syrians are fleeing their country. An effective activism curriculum doesn't deny these types of realities. Rather, it helps students find ways to defy reality with actions and in the process, learn that even the smallest acts matter.
I tried to imagine who Trayvon would have been on February 26, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and beyond. The things he would have seen, the world he would have known, how he would have created himself. When you're introduced to a martyr as a result of their death, they aren't a whole person. They are a name and a story. They are a set of symbols.