Community Organizing


Most efforts to address any aspect of racism, privilege, power or oppression begin with or eventually end up including some form of community organizing. Community organizing strategies and tactics can be used to organize from outside an organization, institution, community or issue area, from within, or both. Further, organizing can include both collaborative and pressure strategies - often strategically applied together. Many community change efforts also apply principles, strategies or tactics of high quality organizing, such as learning what individuals want and are willing and able to work for, early actions that lead to tangible successes, relationship building, power analyses, building leadership continually and from within, etc. Organizing, as is true of many of strategies noted on this site, has also evolved over the years. For example, the Social Justice Leadership Institute talks about Transformative Organizing, “Most social justice organizing in the United States has focused outward, on building grassroots leadership and community power to change local conditions, public policy and the allocation of resources. It generally has been pragmatic in its orientation, focusing on short- to medium-term change. While this approach has won important victories that have affected the lives of millions, its potential has been greatly limited by its strict focus on external fights and short-term change. Transformative Organizing combines an ambitious emphasis on long-term vision, ideology and movement building with attention to internal personal and organizational transformation. The result is an approach to social change that can be far more powerful than the sum of its parts.” 

Community organizing techniques can be applied to a wide variety of settings and groups. This section provides case studies, tools and other content about community organizing.

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