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Community organizers work at their jobs because they are passionate, because they believe that change is possible, and because they enjoy working with people. Although it's not an occupation that leads to great wealth, community organizers can make a living at it. They get salaries, pensions and health insurance. They raise families. They do well by doing good. This book explores the world of community organizing through the voices of real people working in the field, in small towns and city neighborhoods--women and men of different races and economic backgrounds, ranging in age from those in their twenties to those in their sixties. Fourteen in-depth profiles tell the life stories of a cross-section of the diverse people who choose the life of an organizer. Other chapters, focused on issues of organizing, are tapestries of experience woven from the 81 interviews the authors conducted.

About the Author

Kristin Layng Szakos is the former editor of The Appalachian Reader, a quarterly journal about citizen organizing in Appalachia. Joe Szakos has been the Executive Director of the Virginia Organizing Project since 1994. He was the founding coordinator of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (1981-1993), as well as one of the founders of the Southern Empowerment Project and the Hungarian Environmental Partnership.

Table of Contents

1. What is Community Organizing?

Profile: Brian Johns--A Day in the Life of a New Organizer

Profile: Don Elmer--35 Years and Going Strong

2. Where Organizers Come From: Childhood Memories

Profile: Teresa Erickson--Organizing in the West

3. How I Started Organizing

Profile: Nicholas Graber-Grace--Organizing with ACORN in Florida

Profile: Kelly (Corley) Pokharel--Just Starting Out

4. Why Organize?

Profile: Rhonda Anderson--Organizing for Environmental Justice

5. What Makes a Good Organizer?

Profile: Vivian Chang--Bridging Cultures

6. Changing Lives While Making Change

Profile: Guillermo Quinteros--Urban Organizing in the Northeast

Profile: Jana Adams--Faith in the City

Profile: Scott Douglas--Organizing in the South

7. Achievements and Victories

Profile: Dave Mann--Consulting (Life After Organizing)

8. Disappointments Are Inevitable

Profile: Jerome Scott--Educating a Movement

9. Advice to Aspiring Organizers

Profile: Abigail Singer--A Young Organizer in Appalachia

Profile: Dave Beckwith--Funding Community Organizing

What Organizers Read and Watch

Where Organizers Work

What They're Doing Now

Product Details

Szakos, Kristin Layng
Vanderbilt University Press
Introduction by:
Boyte, Harry C.
Szakos, Joe
Boyte, Harry C.
Political Advocacy
Community organization
Social action
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Community Organizing; Political Science; Political Process; Political Advocacy; Political Science; Civics and Citizenship; Social Science; Volunteer Work
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process/Political Advocacy
Political Science; Community Organizing
South America
Political science
community organizing
Politics - General
Civil Rights
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Professional and scholarly
116, 116 illustrations
9 x 6 in

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