All Print Issues

Nov/Dec 1998

Issue #102

In this issue, we look at some programs that have succeeded in providing appropriate training for low-skilled people while linking their graduates to jobs in the local and regional economies. Also, two writers look at the central issues of community organizing: How do we overcome entrenched attitudes and politics? Around what issues do we organize? To what extent should we embrace organizing around identity or class?


Other Job Training Initiatives of Note

Esperanza Unida, Inc. 1329 W. National Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53204 414-671-0251 A CDC focusing on job training, Esperanza has programs preparing people for jobs in automotive service, security, printing and […]


Section 3: A Viable Solution for Job Creation?

Dina Schlossberg of Regional Housing Legal Services in Glenside, Pennsylvania, compares Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to the Community Reinvestment Act. While Section 3 […]


YouthBuild: Building Homes and Futures

Walking with his friends through his neighborhood in East Harlem, New York, Darnell Smith leads them past a building on 2nd Avenue and 118th St., to proudly point to the […]


The Last Stop Sign

I had my first organizing experience 28 years ago working for the National Welfare Rights Organization, knocking on doors in the suffocatingly humid summer of 1970. My “turf” was a […]


Some Good News for Organizers

It is easy to believe that racial division and a never-ending conservative era will relegate the collective work of community organizers to the margins. After all, isn’t it true that […]


Colored People

When I was growing up on Folsom Street in West Philadelphia everyone was colorless but the world insisted on calling us colored. There was Mr. Ray the candy store owner […]

Editor’s Note

Beyond Job Training

Poor people need to, want to, and will work. That simple truth was made clear in the recent book Making Ends Meet – How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage […]


Shelter Shorts

Journalism of Note: The Economic Cleansing of San Francisco In its 33rd Anniversary Issue, the San Francisco Bay Guardian (10/7/98) highlights the city’s growing gentrification. Fueled by the influx of […]


Why People of Color Need to Be Good Fundraisers

When I started out in fundraising 10 years ago, I was usually the only person of color in the room. Today, the situation is much the same. Whether it is […]

Organizing Strategy

Park 1 – Stadium 0: The People Win!

In April 1996 residents of Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood – an old industrial area now home to a thriving immigrant population – read in a suburban newspaper, the South Orange-Maplewood News […]


Creating an Economic Development Policy Infrastructure

The last dozen years have witnessed the emergence of Community Development Corporations (CDCs) as leading developers of affordable housing in severely distressed urban and rural communities. This housing has helped […]


Legislative News

1998 Elections Senate Banking and Financial Services Committee Chairman Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY) was defeated in his race for re-election on November 3 by Charles Schumer (D-NY), changing the leadership of […]