Don’t Dis Community Organizers

By: Scott Kurashige

Amid all the hoopla and pressure, Sarah Palin took to the stage of the RNC convention, wowing the GOP delegates and winning over most of the media commentators. Her speech commanded that we stop viewing her as a curiosity, that we take her seriously as a politician and a leader.

And if we are to take the substance of her words seriously, then we need to point out that Palin—echoing an attack on Barack Obama delivered a half-hour prior by Rudy Giuliani—made one of the most idiotic statements of the year.

Palin remarked, “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.”Continue reading

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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