What Starts off in Support of Alabama’s Miners turns into a homily from Beau on the power of getting community change going when and only when you have the organisational power to pull it off month after month after month.
In this little 7 minute clip is an essence of positive change in any community in 2022: if it isn’t a union it’s going to be something strongly resembling a union. Something that can organise food parcels for multiple months, with membership drives and exterior fundraising, with enough capacity to sustain whole families right through the really hard months including Christmas presents for children, rallies where people know to turn up on time and get the right messages out, lawn signs for miles and miles, a power of organisational resilience that compels those in power to come back to the table and reconsider their position.
No specific crisis is mentioned, nor party, nor ideology, nor any specific solution.
It’s more usual for Beau of Alabama to turn his attention to some Democratic quirk or Republican hypocrisy, in his deep rolling southwestern drawl.
It’s a very old lesson, one that Jesus or Gandhi or Martin Luther King or Desmond Tutu could have given. But it’s given freshness from a very non-urban American from his basement, building simply on many such smaller actions he’s done with others.
This time it’s a straight lesson not necessarily in how to win, but in how to give a community the very best chance to win against those in power.
Can’t think of a better reflection for 2022.