Connecting people through conversations and resources serves as the catalyst to social change. The Pollination Project gives $1000 seed grants to grantees making a difference in the way that we talk about and address social matters, as well as how we allocate resources to the communities that need them most.
Every week I sit in a room with families whose loved ones are facing criminal charges. It is part support group, part strategic planning session. There are no lawyers in the room and the families have no legal training. But week in, week out, the group translates the legalese to one another, navigates each other through the maze of a court system and finds ways to affect the outcome of cases.
Any number of roasters may pay a decent price for coffee, visit a farm, or offer a good cup. But no matter how much direct trade coffee you buy, or fair trade coffee for that matter, we won't transform the current system that puts corporate profits first and marginalizes small-scale farmers until we become politically engaged and start supporting the democratic organizations that advocate and agitate for change from the grassroots up.
While serving in the Senate, Wellstone remained an organizer. He was frequently on picket lines and at rallies sponsored by labor, community, environmental and other progressive groups. His speeches, often appearing to be delivered completely off-the-cuff, would crescendo wildly into loud, short jeremiads expressing indignation at whatever wrongs the rally was addressing.