We called Sara Falconer, author of “Solidarity, Not Charity” (reprinted from Briarpatch in our March-April 2010 issue) and asked her to talk a bit more the ethics of solidarity and what she discovered in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Here, she talks about her trip to New Orleans and the cab ride that got her thinking about the relationship between charity and solidarity:
And here’s Falconer on grassroots leadership and abuses that can happen in the aftermath of a natural disaster:
Finally, Falconer speaks about the ways in which volunteers may actually be hurting the fight for social justive in New Orleans:
We asked Falconer to name an organization doing work that inspires her in New Orleans. She urges people to check out the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.