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Saul Alinsky

Want More Effective Action? Start With Dialogue.

Living Room Conversations | Posted 01.15.2017 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

By Debilyn Molineaux Our society is forever pushing us to "do something" to leave the world a better place for our children. Action is valued. ...

Hillary's Thesis, Rules For Radicals, And Today's Fight For Public Schools

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 08.16.2016 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Whether you see your foe as a coalition like ALEC, or a democratic mayor, a republican governor, a major foundation, a hedge fund, or public apathy and disengagement, it's safe to say that public school defenders need an all-of-the-above approach.

Saul Alinsky Had Nothing But Contempt For The System. Who Does That Remind You Of?

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics

CLEVELAND ― Quick question: Which candidate for president is using the methods of Saul Alinsky, the ‘60s-era activist and author whom Republicans ...

Lucifer Gets A Shoutout At The Republican National Convention Thanks To Ben Carson

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Klein | Posted 07.20.2016 | Media

Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and former GOP presidential hopeful, somehow loosely tied Hillary Clinton to Lucifer while speaking at the 2016 Rep...

Fart Proudly In Philadelphia?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote a satirical letter, purporting to be a proposal for a subject for European scientists to study. Franklin, an amateur scientist himself, was making a snide point about what he considered to be rather frivolous research by the Europeans.

Jane Jacobs' Radical Legacy: Cities Are For People, Not Developers

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Jacobs -- who died in Toronto on April 25, 2006 -- was a true "public intellectual" who put her ideas into practice. She loved cities and urban neighborhoods. She was fearless and feisty. She was a moralist, who believed that people have a responsibility to the greater good, and that societies and cities exist to bring out the best in people.

From Tijuana to Harvard to Compton to UCLA Law: The Journey of Social Justice Lawyer Luz Herrera

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.03.2017 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Luz Herrera, social justice lawyer and UCLA law professor, was born in Tijuana to Mexican parents and grew up in the Latino neighborhoods of Los Angel...

LBJ and HRC: New Hampshire Waterloos

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

What is the handwriting on the wall for Hillary Rodham Clinton after her devastating 22-point landslide loss to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire? Are voters telling her that she is the wrong person for our times?

Community Organizing and the Next Stage of Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Expert-led knowledge power is on the march, embodied in "Big Data," predictive technologies, and movements like translational science. All seek to fix people and problems from the outside, and view everyday citizens as largely ignorant and passive.

Race Relations in the Catskills: A Letter to Sandra Cuellar Oxford

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.28.2015 | New York
Steven Kurlander

As we discussed last week, I am writing this letter (ok, its really an op-ed) to not only congratulate you on becoming the new Sullivan County NAACP president, but also to offer you some of my insights on race relations here in Sullivan County.

Organizer in Chief?

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Obama seemed to abandon his affinity for organizing soon after he entered the White House. Now, a new protest movement against racist injustice -- triggered by the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the failure of the criminal justice to indict their killers -- has propelled Obama to recall his community organizing roots.

Odd Couple? U.S. Catholic Bishops and Community Organizers

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Catholic bishops ask their parishioners to donate to the needy, but this annual special collection is not charity.

No Slam Dunk for Billionaires

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

Using public funds to build professional sports facilities is an ineffective, inefficient strategy for promoting economic development -- and, one might infer, an especially unseemly use of scare resources in a city like Milwaukee where 29 percent of its nearly 600,000 residents live in poverty. But in our new Gilded Age, big money has no shame.

Obama Disrupts Quiet Chelsea Block for $25,000-per-seat Fundraiser

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.07.2014 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

President Obama is visiting the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City today and is expected to descend upon a $16 million historic brownstone.

Activist's Handbook: A Checklist for Social Change Organizing

Steve Early | Posted 11.12.2013 | Home
Steve Early

Randy Shaw's Activist's Handbook is a book with legs. First published in the early 1990s, it has now been updated as a guide to "winning social change...

The Art of Stalemate

Ryan Banfill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ryan Banfill

As the tea party members of the House Republican Conference appear to be a driving force behind the stalemate strategy, Sun Tzu would caution Speaker Boehner to be wary saying, "When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is insubordination."

Clashes in California's Fields

Rick Ayers | Posted 11.18.2012 | Home
Rick Ayers

Pick this book up to gain a deep and profound encounter with issues of social justice, of the economic crisis of today, of immigration and diversity, and of the age-old question activists must always ask, "What is to be done?"

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America's Radicals and Reformers

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.

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.

How America Can Avoid Ending Up Like the Roman Empire

Matt Bieber | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Timothy Patrick McCarthy is core faculty and director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at...

Radicalized by Saul Alinsky

Brian Rooney | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Brian Rooney

When I hear former House Speaker Newt Gingrich rail against the "radical" Saul Alinsky, I just smile. Gingrich has reached into the past to find an enemy for the present, but I know something about Saul Alinsky.

Saul Alinsky, Who?

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

And now, a word about a good American being demonized, despite being long dead. Saul Alinsky is not around to defend himself, but that hasn't kept Newt Gingrich from using his name to whip up the froth and frenzy of his followers.

Who Is Saul Alinsky and Why is Newt Demonizing Him?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Newt Gingrich, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers. Yay! Saul Alinsky, radicalism, secularism, Europe, socialism, and bureaucracy. Boo!

The Curious Case of Newt Gingrich and the Jews

David Margolick | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
David Margolick

For all the comment it has generated, one aspect of the Gingrich campaign that has gone undiscussed is its extraordinary relationship with Jews. All at once, he is completely dependent on them, pandering to them, and demonizing them.

Alinsky, Foreclosures and Holding Banks Accountable

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

Memo to the Obama Administration: if you want to see the makings of a national model to hold big banks accountable for fixing foreclosure-devastated neighborhoods, go to Milwaukee and talk to citizen leaders who are practicing what Saul Alinsky preached.