Sunday, 01 August 2010 00:00 Published in Community Organizing
Organizing Upgrade wants to engage you - our readers - in the strategic dialogue we have started here. At the recent Social Forum, we heard from so many of you that you have been reading the site regularly and that you really appreciate the dialogue. We are honored that you appreciate the space we have created.
But now we want to hear from YOU!
We are experimenting with a new type of forum - a "Reader's Forum" - designed specifically to draw out the voices of the many left organizers, activists, and thinkers from around the country. We know you are reading. We also want to know what you are thinking!
Welcome back to Fast Forum! We pick a hot topic and ask 3 – 6 organizers from across the country to weigh in. Our hope is to draw out new ideas and to encourage new voices to take a stab at the freshest challenges facing our community. This month, Jidan Koon, Senior Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center in Oakland, guest-edited a FastForum exploring the efforts of different organizations to push the boundaries of the non-profit model.
The story is getting painfully old. Local governments and corporations starve working class communities— normally also communities of color— for generations. Then, as if channeling Christopher Columbus, they announce that they have discovered that the neighborhood has been neglected for decades and that developers will build market-rate housing, trendy shopping and some massive sports complex in an effort to turn the neighborhood around.