Camping in our woods this weekend got me thinking about the similarities between building a fire and building a movement.
You can’t just light a log with a match. You have to start small and build.
In community organizing it is the same. Start with tinder, kindling and add larger and larger sticks until the fire sustains.
Over winter I’ve decided to prepare my fire material. I will be speaking about topfreedom and gender equality with friends, family and people I meet through this blog, making contact with police chiefs, state’s and district attorneys, elected officials and legal experts, so that come spring maybe all we have to do is strike a flint…
For example, I am planning some social gatherings at the house in which both women and men are bare-chested together, doing things we would normally do at a party, board games, chatting, dancing, whatever, but then discussing the evolution of our feelings about being bare-chested in a mixed group of friends. I will be able to use this information later to better address people’s fears and anxieties.
Much to my delight, I have been invited to New York to join The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society ( https://coedtoplesspulpfiction.wordpress.com/ ) at one of their events and I am going to try to make the effort to get there, first because it sounds fun, but also to make those contacts and build relationships.
Fire is a powerful, elemental force. It can warm and protect, and it can destroy. Building a protective fire requires planning, knowledge and vigilance.
If we organize, we succeed.