Monday, October 13, 2008

Community Organizing Again!

"Nearly 2,000 members of 40 houses of worship in Northern Virginai are expected at a public meeting to launch an interfaith organization...to do more to help the poor in the area."

Jackeline L. Salmon, "A Binding Concern for the Poor" Washington Post, October 4, 2008

This is the promise of community organizing -- adding voice and institutional focus on important issues.

And, of course, local government officials respond in the usual ways. "I think we're more than fulfilling the goals that we're trying to pursue."

The other day I was talking with two long-time business community advocates. They talked about how difficult it was to identify business leaders, get them involved, and keep them motivated. "If you don't give them something to do they will just fade away and do other things."

Too bad the business community didn't stand up for community organizing," I said.

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