SOCIAL CHANGE LEADERSHIP PRACTICES:
BRIDGING DIFFERENCE

 

Brotherhood/Sister Sol

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) aims to provide black and Latino youth in Harlem with the mentoring and peer support necessary for effective coping mechanisms in the face of adversity. One of the ways in which they engage in bridging work between black and Latino youth is by building an elastic sense of community, where there is no "Us" and "Them."

Bro/Sis teenagers weave multiple worlds together by spending over a year discussing what connects them, and writing a manifesto and mission statement for their cohort. The participants question limits to redefine where they belong, and by extension, who belongs with them.

One teen commented how expanded definitions of community "allow me to float through different circles because I don't see [community] as one thing."

Resources

Taking Back the WorkTaking Back the Work: A Cooperative Inquiry into Leaders of Color in Movement-Building Organizations
Read the report that Cidra Sebastien co-authored with Angie Chan, Linda Powell Pruitt, Will Allen, Joyce Johnson, Ricardo Martinez, Reggie Moore, Ai-Jen Poo, and Richard Moore in June 2009
A group of leaders of color committed to social justice asked: How do we build, strengthen and sustain movement-building organizations led by people of color? Together they generated four strategies for community-based leaders of color to maintain the integrity of their work and remain accountable to communities, develop supportive relationships, deepen their understanding of race and educate others, and nurture new leaders.
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Audio:
Margie McHugh, former Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, discusses bridging difference in coalition-building as part of RCLA's Educasting Project

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