“SiveSiftings: Rebecca Sive Talks Back,” by Rebecca Sive

Welcome to “SiveSiftings: Rebecca Sive Talks Back.”

SiveSiftings will highlight significant organizing opportunities and policy changes, big ideas, innovative strategies, and tactics and connections that can advance equality and social justice.

SiveSiftings will cover the views of opinion leaders, the actions of technology inventors and public officials, and the grass-roots activities of community organizers and neighborhood leaders.

SiveSiftings will come in the form of musings, strongly-worded opinions, interviews with thought leaders and public figures, to-do lists, manifestos and action proposals.

This is the second edition of SiveSiftings. I first wrote SiveSiftings for my high school newspaper. At that time, I was motivated to share my thoughts about the matter of race, just as I will in this second edition.

Several years before I started writing that high-school column, I had started taking the New York subway. Diversity and differences of all kinds were all around me. I found that I was endlessly curious about the communities my fellow and sister subway-riders came from, were going-to, the kinds of lives they lived, the opportunities they had, and, most of all, about what the other girls on the subway thought lay ahead for them.

The news of that subway-riding and revolutionary era–news from Mississippi and Alabama, Newark, Detroit and Chicago–put my subway-riding observations in a larger context. I realized there were sky-high–and subway-tunnel deep–impediments to equality for too many in the crowds of subway-riders around me. And so I moved to Chicago and started a lifetime’s work of community organizing and social justice advocacy.

Today, at another time of great American revolution, I write SiveSiftings again because, once again, faint hearts and meek actions won’t suffice. Once again, we must look, listen, learn, and then act courageously and forcefully.

I write from Chicago, where I’ve been inspired by Dr. King, Saul Alinsky, Jane Addams and many others; where there is still so much to learn, and still so much to do, even though we have inspired our gifted new President.

I hope you’ll take a look at my Blogroll and Resources list, subscribe to SiveSiftings, and e-mail me about topics I should discuss and people I should interview. And do tell me what’s on your social-change to-do list. I’m confident we can figure this out together.

Rebecca Sive

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