[ssf] Fwd: Sheffield Social Justice Groups
dan at aktivix.org
Mon Jun 13 16:20:01 BST 2005
> I remember when one of the goals of the ssf was to co-ordinate and
> help the different social justice groups in sheffield work together
> and now it seems we are another social justice group among many
> looking for things to do.
That's exactly why I always argue for SSF to have a very specific,
limited role: if SSF tries to be any more than a regular forum, it will
turn into 'another group' - and not only that, another group with
megolomaniac goals. I personally want only to organise for another
forum, and nothing else.
That can include things like more regular mini-forums or fund-raisers,
etc. But these all keep within the 'forum' model.
I think the Burngreave Area Panel example is a good one - you wouldn't
see people marching behind a Burngeave Area Panel banner at a demo - coz
it's a forum. It's not what forums do. You also wouldn't see a
Sheffield Social Forum banner at a demo, for the same reason.
Of course, this is just me saying what I think!
p.s. There *has* been a lot of action going on from key SSFers! G8,
Burngreave Masterplan and Peace in the Park activities, for a start.
Hence why, in the ecology of local politics, SSF has been quiet.
When working with the inter-agency conference on the Hungry for Justice
event, we finished by saying that there would be a two-year break until
the next one. It was pleasing - we had done a fantastic event, and
could clearly state what we wanted to do next - and what not to do.
Nobody was clammering for it to be maintain ideological unity in the
face of the enemy, or saying that we needed to build a mass working
class movement, which I found quite refreshing...!
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