Economy

Video: Veteran organizer Marshall Ganz shares his memories of working for social change with Cesar Chavez

Video: Veteran organizer Marshall Ganz shares his memories of working for social change with Cesar Chavez

LatinaLista — Economic inequality. Class inequality. Discrimination. Gender inequality. The list goes on and for veteran activist and organizer Marshall Ganz these issues are the focal points for social movements trying to effect meaningful social change.

Sitting down with journalist Bill Moyers, Ganz shares his personal history of being an organizer, breaking down social movements into their parts that must work together to create the long-lasting change organizers strive for in attaining justice. He explains the difference between social movements and interest groups and why social movements last longer because they are built on a key element — the narrative.

It was a narrative that Ganz saw in action when he marched with Cesar Chavez and during the 1960s Civil Rights movement that transformed him from being an eyewitness to these historic struggles but an active and willing participant.

"Doing the kind of work that movements do requires risk-taking, uncertainty, going up against the odds. And that takes a lot of hope,” Ganz tells Bill. “And so where do you go for hopefulness? Where do you go for courage? You go to those moral resources that are found within narratives and within identity work and within traditions.”

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Economy

photo7

In only five years, Latinos will account for over 40% of the increase in U.S. employment

Latina ListaFebruary 25, 2015
Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 3.59.27 PM

Native-born Latinos now outnumber Hispanic immigrants in the U.S. workforce

Latina ListaJune 19, 2014
SHRIVERcovfront

New economic report on women reveals fundamental flaw in society that bears bipartisan blame

Latina ListaJanuary 13, 2014
United States federal government shutdown

If you think you’re safe from Washington’s dsyfunction and the federal shutdown — think again!

Latina ListaOctober 9, 2013

The GOP made it official. War on Latinos, gays, the poor and — working women!

Marisa TreviñoJune 5, 2012

The browning of America doesn’t hold up in losing job market

Marisa TreviñoJune 1, 2012

Immigration reform proposal brings all immigrant laborers into the conversation

Marisa TreviñoMay 15, 2012

FL farmworkers on hunger strike asking why Publix won’t sign on to Fair Food Campaign

Marisa TreviñoMarch 9, 2012

Alabama legislators still aren’t feeling the love from passing anti-immigrant bill HB56

Marisa TreviñoFebruary 14, 2012