Creative Community Organizing: A Strategy Manual for Rabble-Rousers, Activists and Quiet Lovers of Justice

Creative Community Organizing: A Strategy Manual for Rabble-Rousers, Activists and Quiet Lovers of Justice


By (author) Si Kahn

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  • Publisher: BERRETT-KOEHLER
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 8 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 1605094447
  • ISBN 13: 9781605094441
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 403,443

Product description

Why can't there be enough food, shelter, jobs, health care, homes, schools, education, safety and security for everyone? How can people work together to challenge the way things are, to help redistribute wealth and power, to create a more just and humane society? The answer is "Creative Community Organizing". This latest work by legendary activist, musician and author Si Kahn, is a different kind of community organizing book. As with other books, including some by Kahn himself, it does outline many of the practical tactics organizers use. But it's also about community organizing as a way of thinking and a way of life. "Creative Community Organizing" suggests ways that readers can identify and analyze the various options for action, weigh the positives and negatives and make choices among them. In other words, focus on the end goal and then determine the best strategies, tactics and methods to achieve that goal. It will help established community organizers become more creative and innovative, encourage them to question established principles and decide whether or not they still work. Those new to the field will discover a whole new way of looking at the world - they'll gain a new sense of empowerment, understand that things don't have to be the way they are, that the world can be more fair and humane - and that they can live and work in ways that help make that happen.

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Author information

Si Kahn has worked for over 40 years as a civil rights, labor and community organizer, author, and musician in the Southern United States. Si is the executive director and founder of Grassroots Leadership, a non-profit organization that advocates for several causes, including prison reform, improved immigration detention policies, and violence prevention. Si Kahn and his wife, Elizabeth Minnich, live in Charlotte, North Carolina

Review quote

"Democracy is not a gift bestowed by the powerful on the rest of us. If we want democracy "now," we have to be willing to fight for it--and we need to know how. Si Kahn's passionate new book, based on a lifetime of organizing for justice, offers hope for all of us who will not compromise the dream of democracy."--Amy Goodman, host of "Democracy Now! "and""author of "Breaking the Sound Barrier"

Table of contents

Preface: A different kind of community organizing book Chapter 1: Making a difference Chapter 2: Democracy from the grassroots up Chapter 3: Communities: Unorganized, organized and re-organized Chapter 4: Thinking like an organizer Chapter 5: Working backwards Chapter 6: Asking the right questions Chapter 7: Persuasion and pressure Chapter 8: Patience Chapter 9: Dealing with established power Chapter 10: Community organizing in the electronic age Chapter 11: Ethics Chapter 12: Community organizing as a way of life Afterword: Shoulders