The vision of social justice is best put into practice among those with an ideological commitment that frames their work. We see all too few activists of this kind, both on global and local bases. Rather we see people impelled to organize across borders for material reasons; the most prominent among them are business people. Union support is typically driven with this kind of thinking as well, although we saw in the last chapter that the cross-border activists and even labor day celebrants infuse their rituals and events with religious symbolism and meanings. Material incentives also impel those who organize around poverty, whether it is impoverished participants who need resources or, alas, the “poverty pimps” who use circumstances to raise funds for their nonprofit organizations. Recall from chapter two, the three incentives that drive organizers to organize: material, purposive, and solidary. The latter, solidary, is a reminder of the personal element that motivates people to join organizations and to sustain their involvement.
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