Keep It Local

Mark Winston Griffith of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy is making a particularly keen point here at the National CAPACD 10th Annual Convention in Washington in regards to community organizers becoming too enamored with the Washington, DC lifestyle now that a community organizer occupies the White House:

“We need to steer clear of a “Beltway conversation” now that we’ve won the White House and the thkning that we’re part of the political elite. We can’t only be focused on getting our organizations invited to the White House.”

Staying local, he said, is imperative:

“We need to exploit this power to our fullest ability now that we’re here. Just as the tide came in we also have to think about the tide going back out. We need to think not only in terns of electoral victories, but local victories as well — building very local alliances, focusing on local events, and local impact.

Matthew Brian Hersh served as senior editor at Shelterforce from March 2008 to October 2012. He studied English at Rutgers University and has spent his professional career in journalism, policy, and politics.


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