Isolation, the movement killer

Several months ago, I asked some friends, recently returned from Standing Rock, to relay their experiences of camping with 8,000 other activists for three weeks. I had heard that everyone at camp was encouraged to have a job. What was theirs, I wanted to know.

“We walked around and got people to talk to each other.”

My friend explained that even when thousands of people had voluntarily come together for a common purpose, surrounded by barren landscape and opposed by hostile forces, there was still a huge problem with isolation. People were reluctant to introduce themselves to their neighbors and uncomfortable talking to each other about the very reasons they had traveled so far to be there. These are dangerous behaviors.

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