Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action
Urban decay can sap the determination—not to mention the soul—of anyone who experiences it. But there are ways to reverse it. Full of good advice and entertaining accounts of success, this book is the story of those who, “succeed in unexpected ways and in unexpected places.”says Michael Gecan, a professional community organizer. For more than twenty-five years, Gecan has been an activist with Industrial Areas Foundation, which has trained thousands of little-known community groups from Brownsville, Texas, to Brownsville, Brooklyn. Having grown up witnessing the destructive effects of political patronage on powerless, disenfranchised Chicago communities, Gecan knows from experience that strong relationships in the public sphere and sustained and disciplined organizing can spark the public and private alchemy necessary to achieve sidewalks, parks, schools, housing--and the collective renewal that results, day by day, and year to year.
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