Collective Action for Social Change: Approaches to Community Organizing in America

Speaker: Aaron Schutz

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People Power: The Saul Alinsky Tradition of Community Organizing

How can impoverished and oppressed communities develop the power to control their own destinies? Community organizing is a set of concepts and methods for creating community networks and helping citizens emerge into the public realm. Communities become more equal partners at the tables where decisions about their communities are made. We face so many social challenges today–around criminal justice, education funding, health care, youth, city services, and more–and yet most neighborhoods lack the capacity to make their voice heard about these issues. Most people don’t know that there is a long tradition in America, and a range of examples of how communities have overcome the isolation of their residents to become a strong collective force for change.