“The whole history of the progress
of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims
have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting,
agitating, all absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other
tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no
struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet
depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the
ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean
without the awful roar of its mighty waters.
“This struggle may be a moral one,
or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it
must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did
and it never will. Find out just what any people will submit to and you
have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be
imposed upon them, and these will continue until they are resisted with
either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed
by the endurance of those whom they oppress…Men may not get all they pay
for in this world; but they must certainly pay for what they get. If we
ever get free from the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay
for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice,
and, if needs be, by our lives and the lives of others.”
Frederick Douglass, “Two Speeches,” 1857 –
from A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER’S TALE by Mike Miller, Berkeley:
Heyday Books, 2009, p. xi.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER'S TALE by Mike Miller, Berkeley:Heyday Books, 2009.
CSCO believes this is the best book on organizing. Miller has been with
CSCO for many years.