In this Book

We Make Change
summary
Community organizers work at their jobs because they are passionate, because they believe that change is possible, and because they enjoy working with people. Although it's not an occupation that leads to great wealth, community organizers can make a living at it. They get salaries, pensions and health insurance. They raise families. They do well by doing good. This book explores the world of community organizing through the voices of real people working in the field, in small towns and city neighborhoods--women and men of different races and economic backgrounds, ranging in age from those in their twenties to those in their sixties. Fourteen in-depth profiles tell the life stories of a cross-section of the diverse people who choose the life of an organizer. Other chapters, focused on issues of organizing, are tapestries of experience woven from the 81 interviews the authors conducted.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xxii
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  1. 1. What is Community Organizing?
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Profile: Brian Johns—A Day in the Life of a New Organizer
  2. pp. 13-15
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  1. Profile: Don Elmer—35 Years and Going Strong
  2. pp. 16-27
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  1. 2. Where Organizers Come From: Childhood Memories
  2. pp. 28-42
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  1. Profile: Teresa Erickson—Organizing in the West
  2. pp. 43-49
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  1. 3. How I Started Organizing
  2. pp. 50-65
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  1. Profile: Nicholas Graber-Grace—Organizing with ACORN in Florida
  2. pp. 66-68
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  1. Profile: Kelly (Corley) Pokharel—Just Starting Out
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. 4. Why Organize?
  2. pp. 73-84
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  1. Profile: Rhonda Anderson—Organizing for Environmental Justice
  2. pp. 85-92
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  1. 5. What Makes a Good Organizer?
  2. pp. 93-109
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  1. Profile: Vivian Chang—Bridging Cultures
  2. pp. 110-116
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  1. 6. Changing Lives While Making Change
  2. pp. 117-129
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  1. Profile: Guillermo Quinteros—Urban Organizing in the Northeast
  2. pp. 130-136
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  1. Profile: Jana Adams—Faith in the City
  2. pp. 137-143
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  1. Profile: Scott Douglas—Organizing in the South
  2. pp. 144-155
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  1. 7. Achievements and Victories
  2. pp. 156-181
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  1. Profile: Dave Mann—Consulting (Life After Organizing)
  2. pp. 182-188
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  1. 8. Disappointments Are Inevitable
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. Profile: Jerome Scott—Educating a Movement
  2. pp. 197-201
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  1. 9. Advice to Aspiring Organizers
  2. pp. 202-219
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  1. Profile: Abigail Singer—A Young Organizer in Appalachia
  2. pp. 220-222
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  1. Profile: Dave Beckwith—Funding Community Organizing
  2. pp. 223-232
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  1. What Organizers Read and Watch
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. Where Organizers Work
  2. pp. 243-248
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  1. What They're Doing Now
  2. pp. 249-264
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