The lives of the poor citizens of a city can be likened to the story of Sisyphus in Greek mythology. Sisyphus has angered the gods and for this he was punished to roll a rock up to a hill. When he reached the top, the rock would roll down and he had to roll it up again. This was something that Sisyphus had to do throughout eternity. The rolling of the rock uphill and rolling it up again and again is something the poor, as citizens, don’t deserve. As taxpayers, indirect taxpayers that is, the government should have every reason to look after their well-being. But as we watch the world everyday through the mass media, it seems that the world’s economic system, like the gods of Hades, has unleashed a Sisyphus-like force to the world. A question perpetually asked in Sociology circles is the question of spreading the wealth of the world equitably. There is a growing voice asking this question not only in poor countries but also in countries with means. The answer to this question is not easy. But meanwhile, there are small islands of initiatives throughout the world that work to see that a more just and loving world is possible.

There is a chain of systems outside of the poor's psyche that functions efficiently to make the poor believe that life is not for the “have nots”. But it is a fact of life that nothing is permanent.

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There is a way out from the poor’s state of dead-endness as shown by many poor communities. When that moment of taking back their misplaced self-esteem comes, the dead-end street mindset breaks down. This dead-end street mindset breakdown is what the community organizing process painstakingly aims to achieve every day.

In communities where families are on the edge of a cliff, to use a metaphor, the community organizing process never misses to identify the manifestations of the dead-end street frame of mind. Understandably so, we cannot expect people in a grinding poverty situation to ooze with hope in a climate of deprivation and alienation. People who live life with no options but to make their own options happen, start off with a dead-end street frame of mind. Their self-esteem has been dumped down into layers of fear,apathy and fatalism in their sleeping and waking moments. Community Organizing as a process that creates the energy of hope in communities has a built-in concept in its philosophical and psychological foundation that nothing is permanent. That change is a seed embedded in every human activity is the sliver of morning in every community’s darkness. That the transformation of communities happens side by side with every poor person’s decisive moment of reclaiming his buried self-esteem is the hope of the community organizing process.



Quotes on Community Organizing



It is better to die as slaves in revolt than to die as slaves in chains.... Spartacus

Do not do for others what others can do for themselves....Saul Alinsky

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality..Plutarch



As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters...Seneca



What you think you become ....Mahatma Gandhi

Those who have less in lifeshould have more in law ....President Ramon Magsaysay

Start where the people are but do not endwhere they are - one of the Principles of Tactics .....Saul Alinsky

Never be cynical about love, for in the face of aridityand disenchantment, love is as perennial as the grass.......from Desiderata



"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerfuland the powerless means to sidewith the powerful, not to be neutral. "...Paulo Freire

"The greatest humanistic and historical task of the oppressed: to liberate themselves..." ...Paulo Freire

The tyranny of some is possible only through the cowardice of others....Dr. Jose Rizal

“The media's power is frail. Without the people's support,it can be shut off with the ease of turning a light switch.”...President Corazon C. Aquino

Organized Advocacy Work through "Calvary of the Urban Poor"raises the issues of the Poor to the consciousness of mainstream society.

Calvary of the Urban Poor 2011

Do we have to learn to live with Slums?



BBC Story: Do we have to learn to live with Slums?