In An America Where The Rich And Fortunate Have Free Rein To Do As They Please, Can The Ideal Of Liberty And Justice For All Be Anything But An Empty Slogan Many Americans Are Doubtful, And Have Withdrawn Into Apathy And Cynicism But Thousands Of Others Are Not Ready To Give Up On Democracy Just Yet Working Outside The Notice Of The National Media, Ordinary Citizens Across The Nation Are Meeting In Living Rooms, Church Basements, Synagogues, And Schools To Identify Shared Concerns, Select And Cultivate Leaders, And Take Action Their Goal Is To Hold Big Government And Big Business Accountable In This Important New Book, Jeffrey Stout Bears Witness To The Successes And Failures Of Progressive Grassroots Organizing, And The Daunting Forces Now Arrayed Against It Stout Tells Vivid Stories Of People Fighting Entrenched Economic And Political Interests Around The Country From Parents And Teachers Striving To Overcome Gang Violence In South Central Los Angeles, To A Latino Priest North Of The Rio Grande Who Brings His Parish Into A Citizens Organization, To The New Orleans Residents Who Get Out The Vote By Taking A Jazz Band Through Streets Devastated By Hurricane Katrina, Stout Describes How These Ordinary People Conceive Of Citizenship, How They Acquire And Exercise Power, And How Religious Ideas And Institutions Contribute To Their Successes The Most Important Book On Organizing And Grassroots Democracy In A Generation, Blessed Are The Organized Is A Passionate And Hopeful Account Of How Our Endangered Democratic Principles Can Be Put Into Action. Democratic political power derives from being organized Every seminary student, college radical, know it all activist , well meaning do gooder and non profiteer should read this book, and soon Stout champions Saul Alinksy style organizing as a crucial missing piece of the democratic puzzle He travels with IAF organizers, clergy and laypeople through the successes and challenges of grassroots organizing from Katrina refugees in Houston to the shantytowns north of the Mexican border Along the way, he carefully and precisely gives historical examples to underwrite his analysis of true democratic practices Stout shows how power is built one meeting at a time how elites can be held accountable by citizens how Churche
This book is mostly interesting and useful because it articulates both the how and the why of faith based and some secular broad based, relational organizing Stout really fronts the details of particula
just started this book but am already hooked course it helps to iknow some of the protaganists personally, including yours truly interested in stories of grassroots democracy as forged by some of the best organizers in the coun
Well written thought provokingExcellent examples of community organizing Very good analysis of power and domination Provides hope for those searching approaches to advancing justice. Good review on grassroots movement with limited scope and perspective on catastrophic events and working to aide communities to recover from them The book has a political bias which can be helpful from both perspectives. need to pick it up again.
- 346 pages
- Blessed Are the Organized
- Jeffrey L. Stout
- 22 July 2018 Jeffrey L. Stout