Earth Day 2013
Dear Got Green Supporter,
One of our volunteer writers asked Vernon Hill a pivotal question in community organizing – “Why, when it’s so easy to hang back, have you stepped forward to lead?”
“I do it because I want to come forth myself and speak up for what’s right,” Vernon told us. “But I really do it so that others feel they can come forth too.”
Vernon Hill, grassroots leader in Got Green’s South Seattle Jobs Committee, hit the nail on the head. His real reason for leading isn’t because he wants to put himself out in front of his community; it’s because he wants to pave the way for more people in his community to lead.
Tammy Nguyen, founder and organizer of our Women in the Green Economy Project/Food Access Team often frames the alternative to community organizing and leading as “getting left behind.” In describing her evolution from single teen parent to community leader, she says simply, “I did not want my family, neighbors and communities to be left behind again. I wanted us on the front end of this movement for a new, green economy. Not sitting on the side of the freeway watching it pass us by.”