extending our hands to rise together

The overall goal of outreach is building solidarity, as opposed to repeating the same broken bourgeois charity model. Training people for self-direction must be involved on some level, whether formally or informally, and programs should empower people to understand their historical situation and class relationships to others and the means of production. They should lessen the demands of basic needs on people, and help free them to do more with their lives than survive.

"Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society's definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference – those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older – know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change."

-Audre Lorde