[COMM-ORG] Building Bridges, Building Power: Developments in Institution-Based Community Organizing

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From:     Kathryn Partridge <interfaithfunders at gmail.com>

Building Bridges, Building Power:

Developments in Institution-Based Community Organizing


September 19, 2012


6:00 - 8:00 PM


Rudin Family Forum, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service,

New York University

295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor, NYC

Only a few social movements have ever surpassed the threshold of 
engaging more than 1% of the U.S. population. Those movements have 
historically played central roles in advancing societal reform.  New 
research documents the impressive growth in the scope, scale, and 
ambition of the progressive social movement and organizational field 
often termed “faith-based community organizing” – so that it now 
arguably attains that threshold. Brad Fulton (Duke University) and 
Richard Wood (University of New Mexico), in collaboration with 
Interfaith Funders, present the findings from a new national census of 
all institution-based community organizing efforts in the United States. 
The study reveals the geographic spread of organizing, its growing 
influence in state and national political arenas, and the complex 
changes occurring in the religious and racial/ethnic diversity of its 
institutional base, leadership core and professional staff.  Panelists 
will explore what this research says about the role of religion in 
public life and how this organizing fits into current social movements.


·         Brad Fulton, doctoral candidate, Duke University

·         Dr. Richard L. Wood, Director of the Southwest Institute on 
Religion and Society, The University of New Mexico


·         Richard Healey,  Director, Grassroots Policy Project

·         Patricia Jerido,  Program Officer, Democracy Fund, Open 
Society Foundation

·         Ai-Jen Poo,  Labor Organizer, National Domestic Workers 
Alliance, named one of "100 Most Influential People in the World" by 
Time Magazine

To register or for more information, contact interfaithfunders at gmail.com
Kathy Partridge
Executive Director
Interfaith Funders
Voice 720  494  9011
Cell 303  594  6434

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