Friday, January 29, 2010

Organized Voice

"Can we get more accomplished with multiple voices? How can the community development field be repositioned? Is it possible and desirable to mobilize these groups into a national constituency?"

Bob Zdenek and Dee Walsh,"Coming Together," Shelterforce, Fall/Winter 2009.

And this article only discusses housing groups. What about those community-based organizations and nonprofits engaged in economic development, workforce training,business development, communty planning,and advocacy. The question of like interests and focus are important for some national advocacy roles -- as well as targets for change -- housing legislation, for example. But there is also something to be said for a big, messy community development movement that expresses the hopes and aspirations for low and moderate income communities. We see that spirit today with groups organizing under the umbrella of regional equity or green. At some point, we need coalitions of coalitions and a common agenda. Hard work, indeed!

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