new book: models of community organizing

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Sun Jan 25 09:23:09 CST 2004

[ed:  the announcement of Kris' book has elicited responses from Carol 
and Shannah that invite us into discussion.]

From: "Carol McCullough" <cmccullough at>

I received the email (through comm.-org included in the attachment below)
RE: your book and want to congratulate you.  It sounds like a wonderful
and useful publication.

I also wanted to let you know that the workers at Powell's continue to be
involved in a contract dispute.  I would like to suggest that you talk
with them (the Local 5 ph # is 503-228-5047) about whether you should be
promoting the Powell's website (my last communication with them indicated
that they would prefer that people boycott and call CEO Ann Smith at
503-228-4651 x226 stating that they are doing so).

If it is ok to buy, customers should be made aware that if they enter the
Powell's website through, the workers will receive
10% of the profits of the sale.  We devised this as a form of profit
sharing in the last contract.

For more information, you can go to  Thanks for your
time and attention.

Carol McCullough (former Powell's worker)

Carol McCullough
Neighborhood Organizer
Neighborhoods Resource Center
P.O. Box 100941
Nashville, TN 37224-0941
Phone: (615) 782-8212 x28
Fax: (615)782-8213
cmccullough at


From: "Shannah Kurland" <shannah_k at>

I'm just curious when and by whom it was decided that those five 

>community-building, civic, women-centered, and transformative.

are the "dominant" ones.  Interesting that none of those official names 
refer to race or migrant status identities, indigenous origins (or lack 
there-of) or political beliefs/values.  Guess I'll have to stay a little 
more up on the literature.

> [ed:  congratulations to Kris on the publication of her book.]
> From: "Kristina Smock" <k-smock at>
> I am pleased to announce the publication of my book on models of
> community organizing, Democracy in Action: Community Organizing
> and Urban Change (Columbia University Press, December 2003).
> Here's a brief summary from the book's back cover: In cities
> across the United States, grassroots organizations are working to
> revitalize popular participation in disenfranchised communities
> by bringing ordinary people into public life. By engaging local
> residents in collective action to achieve common goals, community
> organizing expands the democratic process and enables people to
> create strong communities that serve their needs. 
> This book examines the techniques these organizations use to
> achieve their goals. Through the stories of ten organizations
> working in economically and racially diverse urban neighborhoods
> (in Chicago and Portland, Oregon) Democracy in Action explores
> the strengths and limitations of the five dominant models of
> community organizing in use today: power-based,
> community-building, civic, women-centered, and transformative.
> Based on original empirical research, the book combines in-depth
> analysis with invaluable lessons for practitioners. 
> "Democracy in Action is both a splendid critical analysis of the
> value and power of community organizing and a practical guide to
> the efficacy of various models of community organizing.
> Invaluable for a broad audience concerned with grassroots civic
> renewal." - Robert Fisher, author of Let the People Decide:
> Neighborhood Organizing in America
> Contents:
> Chapter 1: Popular Democracy and Urban Change    
> Chapter 2: Models of Community Organizing: An Overview    
> Chapter 3: Building Individual Capacity: Developing Local Leaders
> Chapter 4: Building Community Capacity: Networks and Social
> Capital    
> Chapter 5: Building a Community Governance Structure    
> Chapter 6: Diagnosing and Framing the Community's Problems   
> Chapter 7: Taking Action: Strategies and Outcomes    Chapter 8:
> Widening the Scope: Organizing for Broader Social Change   
> Chapter 9: Conclusion: Lessons Learned    Democracy in Action:
> Community Organizing and Urban Change can be ordered from the
> publisher (Columbia University Press), from online booksellers
> like and, and is also available at
> bookstores.

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