Work Place Organizing and Community Organizing

By: Rich Feldman

Radicals, union organizer and activists often talk about the difference between work place organizing and community organizing. Which is more important to changing our country? Some talk about creating new links between the workplace and the community. In 2008, the answer is not simply resolved through attempting to join community organizing with work place organizing. These solutions make it sound like we are adding two static, pre-determined concepts and parts together to get the sum total that we want and is often based upon our recognition that both work place and community based organizing are static and similar to another period in history.

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A Soft Answer

By: Terry Dobson

A turning point in my life came one day on a train in the suburbs of Tokyo, in the middle of a drowsy spring afternoon.  The old car clanked and rattled over the rails.  It was comparatively empty—a few housewives with their kids in tow, some old folks out shopping, a couple of off-duty bartenders studying the racing form.  I gazed absently at the drab houses and dusty hedgerows.
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