Take it to the streets

We’ve heard a lot about community organizing over the last year or so, but what is community organizing exactly? Well, in the last week there have been two great examples on two different sides of the Cascades.

New Yak City, we love ya.

New Yak City, we love ya.

First off the bat is BondFest, the high school student-organized rally in Yakima in support of the school bond that is on the ballot today (yeah, TODAY). The rally was  a massive success, with an estimated thousand attendees, marches from Yakima’s high schools to the rallies, and a huge push of positive publicity just before the vote.

Quaker power

Quaker power

Secondly, is the student-organized response to teacher layoffs in Seattle schools at Franklin High School. Hundreds of students rallied to demand that their voices be heard and counted by the teachers and the district. Student leaders collected contact information, and is reportedly driving attendees to upcoming school district events.

So what is community organizing? This! People, in this case young people, engaging their own communities and creating a united voice for that group. It’s not easy – all these students spent long long hours working to put these events on – but the outcome is massive. In one week, students on both sides of the state showed that they are an organized and effective force to be reckoned with. That is some goodness!

More pics below the jump!





5 Responses to “Take it to the streets”

  1. 1 Wenzilla
    May 19, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    We’re here! I love it!

  2. 2 isitfriday
    May 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Holler for young people taking over!

    Its so refreshing to see young people taking the lead on school issues! I can’t recall a bond campaign driven by students themselves…that’s hot. I hope others will take notice of the great mobilization efforts in Yakima and Seattle!!!

  3. 3 Ther-mix-a-lot
    May 20, 2009 at 10:41 pm


  4. 4 Mary Beth Wright
    May 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I am so proud of our Yakima kids – they won it for us!

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