“The organisations that have remained critical and community-led in their approach, rather than attempting to affect policy from within institutions, deploy power and influence through democratic participation from the viewpoint of citizens, social groups and communities. Community organisations can therefore equip themselves and the people they serve with intellectual, legal and organising tools that flow from the critical analysis and political commitments that formed them. It is this ability to remain sovereign, and therefore hold consistent politics, while adapting to the changing political landscapes, that makes true community organisations so compelling, influential and so vital to the health of our democracy.”
This is why we at RISE feel that it is important not just to call out governmental institutions for their punitive and oppressive practices but also to hold non-governmental institutions and non-profit organisations that are capitalising on the refugee and humanitarian crisis to account for the ways in which they participate in and reinforce the oppressive policies introduced by self-serving politicians.
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