THE NEXT BIG THING
From the beginning, the essential task of our organization has been and remains to provide a set of principles and a program which inspires a personal and social practice that not only satisfies human need but transforms people in the process, making them self-conscious agents of their own life and liberation. Such a transformative practice will, of necessity, also lead to the building of moral community and to the constant becoming of the best of what it means to be a person in the fullest sense.
Although our overall project is broad and far-reaching, there are six fundamental kinds of activities which serve as the hinge and hub on which the project turns. First, posing models of excellence and paradigms of possibilities from this.
Secondly, our thrust is to continue and expand political education process through literature forums and social practice which defines and clarifies issues; reinforces community, and teaches and increases political participation and political action
Thirdly, we work to continue and expand the training of social change agents, concerned with understanding the world, engaging it and changing it so that it constantly moves toward liberation and ever higher levels of human life. At the core of this project is stress on culture, ethical grounding and human possibility.
Fourthly, we struggle to continue and expand our efforts to organize and mobilize the people around their own interests, enabling them to become self-conscious agents of their own life and liberation. This includes: building new organizations and institutions and helping to strengthen and expand existing ones; making appropriate coalitions and alliances which increase our capacity to define, defend, develop and advance our interests; and constantly engaging in activities directed towards creating and sustaining a just and good society, a better world and a profound respect for our environment.
Fifthly, we strive to continue and expand participation in community projects. Also we work to continue and expand our services as a reference and resource for children. This means: providing resources to the needy and vulnerable; counselling, tutoring and other educational services.
Finally, we continue to help rebuild expand and sustain the liberation movement. This means: teaching possibilities in word and deed; stressing mobilization, organization and constant struggle; and always insisting on the culturally rooted and the ethically sound.
This, then, has been the core of our efforts for some 7 years and is summed up in our principles of service, struggle and institution-building. In all of this we seek to contribute to our collective vocation to create a just and good society, speak our own special cultural truth and make our own unique contribution to the forward flow of human history. And through this historic work and struggle, we feel certain that we will define and understand ourselves as a people who speak truth, do justice, respect our ancestors and elders, support and challenge our children, care for the vulnerable, relate rightfully to the environment, struggle for what is right, honor our past, engage our present and plan for and welcome our future.
We stand again at a critical juncture in our history and "the battlefront is everywhere; there is no sheltered rear." And our task remains and cannot be other than to lift up the light in the midst of the night that surrounds us and hurry the dawn, to keep the fires for freedom burning thru constant and conscientious struggle, to love each other in the midst of the hatred directed toward us, to defend and give power to the vulnerable, to bear witness to truth to love justice, to hate wrongdoing and always do what is good.