Tag: community organizing

How Organizing for Justice Helps Your Mental Health

How do social justice, organizing, and mental health interact? Shelterforce chats with clinical social worker Dawn Belkin Martinez to find out.

How the Bay Area Got $2 Billion for Affordable Homes

San Francisco Bay Area voters approved bold new investments in 2016 after housing advocates--part of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California--ignited a successful electoral strategy for the general election. Here's how it worked.

Nelson Mandela was a Community Organizer

Off the top of your head, what was Nelson Mandela's job title? “Icon?” Nope. “Inspiring speaker?” Nope. “National leader?” Nope. “World figure?” Nope. He was, of course, all of these things. Those words, however, fail...

Neighbors: Faraway, So Close!

“Why does everyone in the country live out in the middle of nowhere? It’s so inefficient!” This was the reaction of a friend of ours,...

Changing the Game

London CITIZENS fights for permanently affordable housing in the shadow of the Olympics.

Has the Fight Gone Out of Organizing?

After a brief, shining moment following the 2008 Republican National Convention, when it seemed community organizers would rule the country, they are now back on the defensive.

What Kind of Community Organizations and for What Purpose?

We expect the "solutions" to social problems to be found within the community, and yet community groups, more often than not, work beyond their communities' boundaries. Why? Because they see the reality that if social and economic justice are to be realized in a community, then changes that are larger than the community must take place.

ESOP Rises Again

The success of a Cleveland-based community organizing group in the face of massive foreclosures suggests that the city (and the nation) should have held on to a more diverse set of community organizations.

McCain’s Service Problems

I hope the moderators press McCain on his campaign’s assault on community organizing and how it jibes with the convention’s theme of “service.”