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    " They know I'm here in poverty with them"

    "Accompaniment" is what Archbishop Romero and Staughton Lynd call it, and it's essential.  "Accompaniment" is not some "community organizer" who's a middle class professional living in another neighborhood and comes into the neighborhood only as required by their for-pay day job.  "Accompaniment" is not even the activist who lives in the neighborhood, but only temporarily.

    "Accompaniment" is a long-term, even lifetime commitment to being present in the community and working with one's fellow residents to better the lot of all.  It's developing skills that are useful to one's neighbors so that one is capable of serving others effectively.

    One reason people start to listen to us is because they see that we are able to listen to them because we share a common life together.

    Lynd talks a lot about accompaniment in Wobblies and Zapatistas.

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