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Industrial Areas Foundation

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.

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.

Protests? Yes. Riots? No.

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We don't want riots. But we could certainly use more protest -- the kind of non-violent civil disobedience that propelled the women's suffrage, labor, civil rights, and environmental movements throughout the 20th century.

Showdown on Wall Street and K Street

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Organizers believe that the recent victory on health care reform will help propel a similar movement to take on banking giants.

'Soul Of A Citizen': From An Eighth Grade Education To Testifying Before Congress

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

When we see a woman who begins with no money, no power, no education and no status in the community, and then becomes a powerful voice for change, it should inspire us all.

In Battleground Ohio, Community Organizing Trumps Cynicism: Lesson for 2012?

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

IAF organizers are confident that they will be able to show that a volunteer-driven voter participation strategy can significantly increase turnout in scores of precincts.