Community Organizing Introduction By Jaquie Algee

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Jaquie Algee is the Vice President of SEIU Healthcare. She gave this presentation to Tom Tresser's "Civics 101" class for i c stars on March 11, 2013. tom@civiclab.us. http://www.civiclab.us

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Community Organizing Introduction By Jaquie Algee

  1. 1. Community Organizing By Jaquie Algee
  2. 2. What is Community Organizing? • Art of bringing people together on behalf of and/or in response to a common interest • Community organizing is used for relationship building and collaboration • It is designed to create power in and/for a community
  3. 3. Collaboration through Self-Interest • Creating an alliance between groups of people/communities • Begins with identifying issues that agitate people on a certain issue enough for them to do something about it • Collaboration through self-interest builds power to effect positive change in communities
  4. 4. Identifying the issues 1. Determine a goal - Example: hold a meeting or retreat to present common interests 2. Group agrees on campaign issue - Example: affordable housing in the city of Chicago 3. Formation of a coalition to campaign on selected issue - Example: Sweet Home Chicago (SHC)
  5. 5. Origin of Community Organizing • Community organizing grew out of the labor movement in the 30’s • Association of Community Organizations for Reform (ACORN) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is an example of labor and community organization collaboration in the city of Chicago • Leadership development is one of the major objectives • Building an outside base is key to collaboration • Ironically, over the past couple of decades, the labor movement has been reborn because of relationships established through community organizing
  6. 6. Community Organizing Tools • Door Knocking • Phone Banking • Actions • Media/Press Conference • Campaigns • Lobbying
  7. 7. Face-to-Face Meetings • One-on-Ones • Group Meetings • Retreats
  8. 8. Power • What is power? • How to build power? • Who controls the power?
  9. 9. Q & A’s • Does community organizing have an impact in Chicago? • Can you name some examples? • Have you ever volunteered or worked for a community organization? • What kind of issues are you interested in working on?
  10. 10. Suggested Readings: • Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals , by Saul D. Alinsky (1971) • Mayor 1%, by Kari Lydersen (2013)

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