To The Daily Sun,
I'm writing to voice my trepidation regarding the continual breakdown of the "American Community," illustrated by Robert D. Putnam in "Bowling Alone." While Putnam and I would disagree with the causality of alienation and despair that workers and community members continue to experience, his analysis and compilation of evidence illustrates that an ever growing disconnect between ourselves, co-workers and our political, social, and economic institutions should motivate citizens to explore alternatives to the current system.
While the Workers' Solidarity Alliance (WSA) was conceived before Putnam's manuscript was authored, we've been attempting to combat the alarming dismantlement of "community" by maintaining a collective of activists, members, and friends, since November 1984, enabling neighbors to come together via the democratization of their workplaces. However, since our inception, we have evolved into a coalition of members that focuses upon coordinating self-managed movements, with the goal of working towards a society that fosters the healthy social bonds our psychologies desire.
Due to the fact that we continue to grow and have reached many corners of the U.S., we hope to initiate a dialogue with local residents and regional community members of the greater Laconia area to ensure that we understand the needs of each, and therefore, are able to offer our comradeship. By way of exploring the relationship the WSA, myself, and others can develop with one another, we will be ready to organize upon the immense challenges that emerge. For example: the intensity of isolation stemming from addiction or the recent financial recession that many Americans were subjected to by corporations that were devoted to more wealth acquisition.
With rare levels of discontent and disillusionment currently festering within the current state of presidential politics, let us unite and refocus the anger into collaborative process' that simply seek to ensure solidarity among local communities, regional areas, and national citizenry by educating and organizing with building blocks already established by the WSA.
Bryer C. Sousa
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