Community Organizing is a long-term approach where the people affected by an issue are supported in identifying problems and taking action to achieve collective solutions. It changes the balance of power and creates new power bases.
Community Organizing and Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTAs
how do MACC Vistas help people identify problems and achieve solutions?
What does Creating New Power Bases mean in the campus context? How do VISTAs empower students, faculty, and community?
But changing the balance of power isn’t in my work plan!
Examples of Organizing across the spectrum of power around food justice
accepts existing power relations challenges existing power relations DIRECT SERVICE SELF-HELP EDUCATION ADVOCACY DIRECT ACTION Organize volunteers for a Food Bank Coordinate Food Co-op, Time Bank to share backyard produce Teach financial literacy and nutrition classes Organize students to advocate for locally grown food in cafeteria March in a local rally for farm subsidy legislation change
students throw out tons of clothing and furniture into dumpsters at the end of the year. Use Power Mapping to identify who has the power and resources to stop this practice and link to the people who can make a better alternative.