Community Organizing & Social Media once again change the World

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In the last few weeks, in a country ruled by a 30-year dictatorship, a modern revolution was born and televised…

The tactics used included community organizing, young people, large, energetic crowds, forceful inspiration for positive change, the belief that the once-impossible could happen, and some 21st Century tools.

Some may recall seeing those same tactics utilized with success during the 2008 American presidential election.

As a now-famous community organizer once said:

“To live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. These things we share. This is the hope of all humanity.”

“Of course, recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task. Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people. These needs will be met only if we act boldly in the years ahead; and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared, and our failure to meet them will hurt us all.”

“For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America’s founding. This same story can be told by people from South Africa to South Asia; from Eastern Europe to Indonesia. It’s a story with a simple truth: that violence is a dead end.”

“I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.

America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.”

“And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country – you, more than anyone, have the ability to remake this world.”

“We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning…”

All of the above quotes were spoken by President Obama, former community organizer,  in his Cairo Speech on  June 4, 2009, just a few short months after being sworn in amid a movement made up of people-powered winds of hope, inspiration, organization and the innovative use of social media.

There are those who do not believe that President Obama had anything to do with what just happened in Egypt.  I will simply beg to differ.