KAZU HAGA – We find ourselves in an urgent moment in history. From climate change to the Trump agenda, we do not have the luxury to wait until tomorrow. We need a movement today. So maybe trying to make the moral argument is not the most strategic thing. But King taught us that it is never the wrong time to do the right thing. And so, I believe the time is right to make the argument that violence itself is our biggest enemy.
KAZU HAGA – Nazism and white supremacy are forms of violence. Letâ€™s start there. The constitution does not protect violence, and Iâ€™m happy to see that the California chapter of the ACLU has taken a stand against protecting the â€œfree speechâ€ of hate groups. But with or without marching permits, it is clear that public displays of hatred are a growing trend in the United States. And as much as I donâ€™t want to give these groups more attention, it is also clear that simply ignoring them is not going to make them go away. So what do we do?
KAZU HAGA – What if all organizations in Oakland who work for social justice put down their egos and worked to create a COLLECTIVE work-plan for the next 10 years? Not just deciding to work together on 1 campaign for a year. Actually built integrated workplans that allow us to still do what each of us do best, but with a grand strategy of how weâ€™re all contributing to the same change? What if nonprofits stopped their turf wars? What if nonprofits stopped feeding into the capitalist, individualistic mentality of this culture and took the idea of movements and collaborations seriously? What if we told all of our funders that after spending down our current grant, weâ€™re all gonna change directions slightly and start to work together for real? What if . . .