GCO Asign 7 - To Hell with Good Intentions really hits the...

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To Hell with Good Intentions really hits the nail on the head when referencing organizations that focus to help communities that are less privileged than the ones from which the ‘do-gooders’ originate. Ivan Illich speaks of a “newly discovered poverty” (pg 1) that these organizations are seeking to alleviate. The problem with these types of help is that they promote the middle-class way of life, something that I’m quite fearful of when coming to the community in Roxbury in spring. It is not necessarily that I wish to promote such lifestyles, but I am fearful of the impression that may be installed onto my person because of my physical appearance of a white woman from the upper-middle class. Hopefully through communication and storytelling, both the community in Roxbury and our community here at GCO will be able to understand each other’s intentions—ours not just solely being to help but to learn from the people of Roxbury and understand cultural differences to really identify how powerful community organizing can be in the most realistic setting. This would include incorporating the demographics of the community into which we will be submerged—cultural history, economics, politics and struggles mentioned in the What do Partners Seek article. Before arriving in Roxbury, it would be most helpful to understand the demographics of the community before (and during) our stay so that it is easier to create community within our organizations. This will help work get done! As well as initiating community development.
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  • Spring '13
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  • Feeling, Community building, Roxbury

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