Ujima is...

On the third day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Ujima - collective work and responsibility. This principle calls us to build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.

So I love the community and city I live in, but we have a slight problem with litter. To address this problem, we have first had to own it. Through acknowledgment and accountability, we celebrate this principle by responding to the identified problem with solutions. Our family tradition on this day is to participate in community clean-ups. Throughout the year, through phone calls, emails, and meetings, and in collaboration with other concerned citizens, we work to hold our city government, businesses, and other stakeholders accountable to help keep our shared and commercial spaces litter-free. 

C'mon, let's build our communities together - harambee!

Andrew Sr.

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