This weekend I helped run a Bowl-a-thon for POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights). For a couple of months now I’ve been helping Aspen, POWER’s tireless fundraising director, get together the details for this fundraiser, so it was great to see all of our hard work paying off.

 Here’s a question for you – which of the following activities can support low-income people of color, youth and immigrant communities?
  • dressing up in outrageous costumes with some of your co-workers or closest friends?
  • dancing your way through a game of bowling, to earn a score so bad you win a prize for your last-place finish?
  • taking a break from eating pizza to race to the DJ booth and answer a trivia question?
The answer, I’ve learned, is all of the above. Who knew that social justice work could come in the form of a blissful day at the bowling alley? I’d call this an art – just as artists take what’s familiar to us and make it beautiful, taking the sometimes exhausting, sometimes depressing task of fighting injustice and making it joyful helps remind us of why it’s all worth it. It’s worth it to see the folks most affected by society’s problems rise up and thrive, dance and laugh. Knowing they’re doing more than knocking down bowling pins – they’re heading for justice, and knocking down anything in their way.

10/18/2010 5:28pm

loved it Maisha! Thank you for your reflections and lovely spirit!


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