I guess what I have in mind is just a conversation to 1) get to know each other (us radicals gotta stick together) and 2) maybe brainstorm some ideas about what we can do to keep the NPIC from taking over our movements.
Mostly though, I'm just into networking with the like-minded folks. That's always worthwhile, in my experience.
@Lilrednacho All I know is I’ve worked for non-profits and for-profits and non-profits are more vicious.
At GEO (geo.coop), we've been critiquing the NPIC in the worker co-op movement for quite awhile now. We've run articles and conference seminars on it. It was a big topic of conversation at our recent retreat.
If either or you want to talk strategy/tactics for ways to deal with/push back on the NPIC, just let me know. We love connecting with like-minded people and orgs.
Here are some of my personal thoughts: http://www.geo.coop/blog/critical-look-evergreen-model
@Lilrednacho But it's not-profit and therefore MUST be anti-capitalist and good, right?... RIGHT??!??!
(In the corner, snickering can be heard from a non-profit org set up to market "awareness" for a disease, whose symptoms are hidden but not treated by their parent for-profit drug company)
@Lilrednacho viciously real. most exploitative places I've ever worked were "progressive" non-profits. they just chewed people up and then threw them out to make room for the next.
From what I've seen it takes incredible privilege to see achieving a cause as requiring disposable underlings and I hate it hate it hate it
In fact I would encourage you to write to socialist worker with your own experiences from the lens of someone in the indigenous liberation struggle
But yes, non-profits are plagued with a liberal ideology of "saving" people in a way that ties grant money into charity work that white folks take on instead of creating solidarity that raises communities through their own self-liberation
In the international Socialist Org we frequently talk about the non profit industrial complex.
We've got articles on socialist worker about it: http://socialistworker.org/2018/10/11/beyond-the-nonprofit-industrial-complex
We also had a talk about it at our yearly Socialism conference: https://wearemany.org/a/2018/07/not-for-profit-nonprofit-industrial-complex
Asking for economic support
Money. Yeah. . Because I didn't pass the exam I'm not getting enough points yet to get my student loan immediately...
Which will mean a lot of lost money.
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Black and Brown people are always deeply aware that we have to at least once or twice in our lifetime use our bodies as tools for political gain. Not for ourselves as individuals but for the greater good of people that look like us. White trans people are increasingly becoming aware of this concept, which is comforting. There isn’t any escape from my body being a political tool. Even if I don’t want it to be, my death would be inherently political. But I don’t really have a choice. White (cis) people do have a choice and need to realize their body symbolizes a lot more than they think when it stands by everyone else’s side.
politics, shutdown, privatization
I'm increasingly thinking of the shutdown as a way to accellerate privatization. they're Shock Doctrine-ing by creating their own man-made crisis. I can't help but think they'd love to have privately owned and run National Parks. Airports with private security firms like the one Betsy Devos' husband ran instead of the TSA (that could really help them enforce their immigration policies more brutally).
Since everyone here is talking about how when the government shuts down, the state does not. I think its a good opporunity to remember these are different terms that we tend to confuse
We can do "governing" without the state, council communism, municipal anarchism, and many others forms of anarchist thought do advocate for a limited government, but without the state.
The state wants us to conflate the terms so that liberals think the only place to do all the useful effects of governing are to tie them to state power.