What is Community Organizing?

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Alinsky once boasted; “I feel confident that I could persuade a millionaire on a Friday to subsidize a revolution for Saturday out of which he would make a huge profit on Sunday even though he was certain to be executed on Monday.

Saul David Alinsky(January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an Americancommunity organizer. He established theChicago-basedIndustrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizersin the tactics of revolutionary social change.

Responding to the impatience of a”New Left”generation of activists in the 1960’s, in his widely citedRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer(1971), Alinsky defended the art of both confrontation and of compromise involved incommunity organizingas keys to the struggle for social justice.

The Alinsky Model;

In the Alinsky model, “organizing” is a euphemism for “revolution” — a wholesale revolution whose ultimate objective is the systematic acquisition of power by a purportedly oppressed…

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