Policing is about maintaining power and control and the fear is that groups like MOVE and ARK will dismantle the power and control and why communities especially like the Philadelphia neighborhood in the novel are over policed. I think the goals of ARK (free medical care and food for the neighborhood and the children) were well intentioned but as is so often the case the goals weren't aligned with the neighborhoods identified needs. The best community organizing I have been involved with have been organized by those within the community that address micro/individual needs while also addressing the macro/systems issues that contribute the the need. Cass, as the charismatic leader in The Unsettled, was one of the missing pieces that wasn't as strong in The Survivalists, or was that because he was a man and the dominant leadership in The Survivalist was women? Still processing so much of this book and the characters. Interested to hear others thoughts.

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