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Community Organizing

Grassroots Sustainability: A Guide to Organizing a Thriving Community

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 10.08.2012 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

Wondering how to create a city-wide plastic bag ban or a green building ordinance, or how to stop a government planned aerial pesticide spraying of your own 'hood?

The Right Wing Resurrects Saul Alinsky

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The Republican Party and its right-wing echo chamber are trying to make Alinsky, who died at 63 in 1972, famous all over again, by linking him to Barack Obama and demonizing the president as a dangerous radical.

Cultural DNA: Bringing Civic Infrastructure to Life

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 09.09.2012 | Home
Harold A. McDougall

It is community -- not the market, not government -- that is the crucible of culture, and culture is the root of problem-solving, of intelligence itself.

New York DOE & NYPD Commit to Confronting Arrest and Suspension Rates

Dinu Ahmed | Posted 09.01.2012 | Education
Dinu Ahmed

On Monday, June 25th, the first-ever "People's Hearing on School Justice in the Bronx" was held to examine school disciplinary procedures -- particularly the overuse of suspensions and arrests in Bronx public schools.

Why Interfaith Organizing Matters

Amy B. Dean | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Amy B. Dean

Every major faith has a set of values grounded in the pursuit of justice and equity. This universalism is important. It creates the potential for far-reaching, welcoming movements that cut across boundaries of race, class, sect and nationality.

From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Katherine Gustafson

In 2002, two neighbors armed with spades and seeds changed everything for crime-addled Quesada Avenue in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point area.

Obama and the Bully: The Cornering of Mitt Romney

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

To a generation of current and future voters, Barack Obama has deftly offered a choice: a respectful and inclusive voice of the future; versus a schoolyard tormenter aligned with the intolerant voices of the past. Not bad for a community organizer.

Let's Finally Bury Bin Laden and Al Qaeda Through Our Engagement

Haris Tarin | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Haris Tarin

It is time to address the proverbial elephant in the room. For the past decade, the relationship between Western Muslims -- especially American Muslims -- and their governments have been unable to move past the events of 9/11.

The Power of WE

Paul Boden | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Paul Boden

Why wouldn't our government want the people being governed to be educated, healthy, well-housed and able to freely be in nature? Is it wrong to think that government should want these things for all people?

Community Power vs. the Kochs

Aaron Bartley | Posted 07.07.2012 | Green
Aaron Bartley

While the oil and gas lobby dominates at the federal level, communities across the United States are making great strides in gaining control of energy production by advancing an impressive range of renewable projects.

Participatory Budgeting Lets Citizens Experiment With Economic Democracy

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Who'd have thought that voting to add trash cans on the street or renovate public housing could be a democratic milestone?

Fed Up With Housing Policy

Paul Boden | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Paul Boden

We can't put our hope in politicians and organizations that attempt to smooth out the edges of terrible legislation while people lose their homes and programs are gutted. In communities across the country, groups are joining hands to build a movement for the human right to housing.

Kony 2012?

Travis Rejman | Posted 05.09.2012 | Home
Travis Rejman

With millions of views so far this week, the super viral Kony 2012 video is clearly raising awareness of the horrors of the LRA in Uganda. But is the Kony 2012 campaign a good idea?

Obama's Communitarianism

Gary Dorrien | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Gary Dorrien

Since the debt ceiling debacle of July 2011, Obama has gotten clearer that he cannot have a successful presidency if he does not push harder for equality and the common good.

Faith Inspires: Union Theological Seminary's Poverty Initiative

Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: Every week, HuffPost Religion shines a spotlight on religious people doing good work in their communities. If you would like to recomme...

What Is Literacy?

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.21.2012 | Good News
Pam Allyn

As we get closer to the celebration of World Read Aloud Day on March 7, I want to take a moment to share why I think this is such an important day.

What Is Jane Addams' Heritage Worth to Chicago

Tom Tresser | Posted 03.26.2012 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

On Friday, January 20 I heard over the radio that Hull House is closing. Hull House is 123 years old and was founded by Jane Addams, America's first...

Time for Detroiters to Give Back

Eric Moss | Posted 03.24.2012 | Detroit
Eric Moss

Detroit is a city whose magic you have to experience to understand. The memories of that magic brought me back. I returned to Detroit to make my own kind of mark on our city.

Progressive California Is Ready to Go on Offense

Dolores Huerta | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Dolores Huerta

Progressive leaders are trading notes, breaking down silos, building power and going on offense. In 2012, the strength of the 99% will be felt in California.


Morgan Fitzgibbons | Posted 01.18.2012 | San Francisco
Morgan Fitzgibbons

The Occupy movement has been incredibly inspiring. But it is time to move beyond mere inspiration. We must parlay this unprecedented (in most of our lifetimes) uprising into an effective and lasting transformation.

From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy the Neighborhoods

Paul Loeb | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Paul Loeb

Like participants in previous movements for justice, the Occupiers need to avoid the false choices between protest and organizing, community building and electoral involvement, surrealist theater and the grunt work of change.

Giving Thanks and Taking Action

K. Sujata | Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago
K. Sujata

This year Chicago-area organizations have made impressive breakthroughs on seemingly intractable issues. As Thanksgiving nears, let's take time to be thankful for the progress we've made in 2011.

Effecting Change Starts With the Community

Noah Marwil | Posted 01.02.2012 | Impact
Noah Marwil

One idea that development agencies tend to rely on is that there is this thing out there called a community, where people behave in a "communal" way of sharing and organizing, implicit within their societal structure.

Reality Check Your Own Privilege

Bianca James | Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago
Bianca James

Extreme political correctness can feel like moral panic. We rally against policy brutality and totalitarian brainwashing, then find ways to perpetuate it in our own communities.

It's Madness: the Incarceration of Disabled Homeless People in the US

Paul Boden | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Paul Boden

The criminal justice system has displaced the mental health system as the main institution for dealing with poor people with psychiatric disabilities in the United States.