Fight Philly Blight; Rallying the Private Sector for Public Good

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February 22, 2013 by Zee

Fight Philly Blight is a brand, an ethic a statement.

Its an image, a concept, a model.

It is an initiative, a movement; a revolution.

Fight Philly Blight is a blueprint for a better quality of life. It’s all about social businesses and professional philanthropy.

Because whats trending now is financially incentivizing making peoples lives and communities better!

By taking the consumer focused approach even deeper, and worrying about more than just sales, but rather with the well being of our consumers, you build something more valuable than brand loyalty;

you build community and a collective identity backed by a reputation for passionate progress for all sects of humanity.

Our non-profit mission is to coordinate the private sector for public good in a variety of ways…

The fact of the matter is, it is not the federal government’s responsibility to manage public affairs that the local government is in a better position to do.

The federal government secures and protects our rights and liberties through military defense which allows for a safe quality of life, a judicial system that supports our constitution and legislation, through a legislative system designed for considerate deliberation of pertinent issues.

It is our responsibility to leverage the social capital of the citizens toward a community in which these rights and privileges are secured for every individual as accessible, responsive and transparent.

We must engage ourselves in community building through outreach and small business development to create

“Sustainable Social Responsibility”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about this very concept coming to fruition less than 9 months before his untimely assassination.

Now we must develop progress, or rather, a program…that will drive the nation to a guaranteed annual income. Now early in the century…economic status was considered the measure of the individuals abilities and talents…We’ve come a long way in our understanding of human motivation and of the blind operation of our economic system…dislocations in the market operation of our economy…throw people into idleness and bind them in constant or frequent unemployment against their will…

The problem indicates that our emphasis must be twofold. We must create full employment, or we must create incomes…

We need to be concerned that the potential of the individual is not wasted. New forms of work that enhance the social good will have to be devised for those whom traditional jobs are not available…Work of this sort could enormously be increased and we are likely to find that the problem of housing, education, instead of preceding the elimination of poverty, is first abolished. The poor transformed into purchasers, will do a great deal on their own to alter housing decay…A host of positive psychological changes inevitable will result from widespread economic security. The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decision concerning his life are in his own hands, when he has the assurance that his income is stable and certain, and when he know he has the means to seek self improvement. Personal conflicts between husband, wife and children will diminish when the unjust measurement of human worth on a scale of dollars is eliminated. Now our country can do this!!!

The entire transcript is eerily relevant in modern day; Dr. Kings vision of the SCLC’s Operation Breadbasket powerful. Operation Breadbasket promoted selective consumerism as an effective non-violent way of exerting power. Read it here.

In the Operation Breadbasket initiative specifically, economic power was reflected through boycotts.

Nowadays more of our emphasis should be rewarding fledgling businesses and transferring brand loyalty and investment out of unethical corporations and back into our community businesses through patronage and support.

The spirit, mission, purpose and goals of Fight Philly Blight are founded in the principles Dr. King laid out in this speech “Where Do We Go From Here”; after the March on Selma, delivered back on Aug 16th 1967.

Our purpose is to link the individual to members of this community through shared aspirations or interest to

create local networks

apply our new collective knowledge and strengths-based contributions (whether is be labor, money, time or something else) to community projects and financial ventures

and profit enough to invest financially in other like-minded socially responsible businesses, community programs and revitalization efforts.

We need to develop and gather small businesses into clusters based on region, industry and charitable ideals. Modern day goals include:

  • Promote Green Development (both awareness and affordability)
  • Promote Community Engagement through a networked infrastructure of educational seminars, community groups, sports leagues and arts, music, recreation and cultural programs
  • Promote wholistic health and wellness which includes: personal and physical hygiene, mental emotional wellness, social wellness in familes and extended relationships and wellness in our food and environments.
  • Link formerly stratified demographics in a consumer and community member focused network of entrepreneurship, employment, and business to business collaboration.
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