The End Of Community Organizing In Chicago?

04/14/2011 03:03 pm ET | Updated Jun 14, 2011
  • Chicago Magazine

It has now been more than four years since Barack Obama threw an arm around Gregory Galluzzo in Iowa and confided that whenever anybody asked how his presidential campaign had so quickly assembled its grass-roots operation, he would credit Galluzzo's mentorship. A former Jesuit priest who'd been drawn to Chicago by the work of Saul Alinsky, the father of community organizing, Galluzzo had good reason to feel proud: He was indirectly responsible for bringing young Barack Obama to Chicago to be an organizer. Obama's subsequent election was "like a son winning an office," says Galluzzo.

But a little more than halfway through the first term of the man dubbed the organizer in chief, the business of community organizing finds itself in a state of flux.

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