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Ed (Rock) Sehr Joan Slay & Cyrus Driver celebrate
the Chicago School Reform Act of 1988
This site is dedicated to all who have an interest in organizing low-income communities and their people to obtain the power they need to succeed. This site also provides a free exchange of ideas. So please email to firstname.lastname@example.org any information about your organization and I'll post it on the web site. We will share ideas as to how to address major issues at a local level: Health Care, Education, Housing, Violence and Crime. Our philosophy of organizing is founded in the principles of Saul Alinsky's work in Chicago and Paolo Freire's work in Central and South America. I was led to Gandhi by Nelson Mandella's funeral when I realized that the cultures of South Africa and India are also linked. Both blacks and browns -Indians- experienced Apartheid.
NEWS: Winter is here in Chicago, my home town. Starting again this spring, I will be volunteering at two urban farms: Growing Home and Sweet Water Foundation and at the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, now known as M.U.R.A.L. The crops have been harvested now at SWA's Perry Ave. Farm. Everything from cucumbers to collards. Visit WWW. SWEETWATERFOUNDATION.COM for more information. I have also joined KOCO in my own neighborhood. KOCO (The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization) is a good, old-faashion Community Organization. Check them out on their Face Book Page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenwood-Oakland-Community-Organization/136261786529384
Saul Alinsky, Paolo Freire, Mahatma Gandhi and NOW You.
SATYAGRAHA – Mahatma Gandhi
Power through non-violence -
The missing link between the great ones:
Saul Alinsky, Paulo Freire, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi.
My philosophy of organizing is rooted in the works of Saul Alinsky. I share that point of view with Barack Obama who I actually worked with on the Chicago School Reform Act of 1988. While at Designs for Change, the driving force for school reform in Chicago, I met two black people who became my spiritual mother and father, Joan Slay and Earl Durham. That is saying a lot considering the role that my mother and father played in the formation of my character.
Take a look at this eight-minute video of Paolo Freire, a South American seminal thinker. Paolo passed away shortly after this video. So you might say that it is his last words to us. His philosophy is the base of the evolution of Local School Councils in Chicago, authored and developed by Joan Jeter Slay and Earl Durham at Designs for Change. Many LSC’s continue to do good work and many low-income schools have improved thanks to Joan and Earl.
The link between these three persons of actions are described by my friend, Nima on the ACTION IS OXYGEN page. The contrast then between the peaceful (though forceful) actions of Martin Luther King's protesters and their hostile opponents helps expose the violence of oppression.
The death of Michael Brown and the multi-cultural response-Back Lives Matter- demonstrate the need for action and non-violence.This summer, I volunteered at two excellent organizations: Growing Home and Sweet Water Foundation. Growing Home is an outstanding urban farm and social service organization and, as a trained social worker, I felt at home there. I plan to continue to volunteer with Sweet Water Foundation over the winter by learning more about aquapons at their Chicago State University facility. I believe that Sweet Water has the potential to bring the whole concept of community organizing forward. In many ways, SWF is just starting out.
This Just in: Don't miss Rebelx69's (AKA: Victor's) short film on Cesar Chavez. Chavez was trained by Saul Alinsky and his Industrial Areas Foundation staff.
Our Belief and Philosophy
You might not have heard much about community organizing lately.
Community organizing is still happening. But we live in a society that works to make sure that the public hears little about efforts to change its system.
Groups of people can win consistent small victories and build their power. These consistent and determined efforts can take power away from the rich and put it backwhere it belongs - in the hands of the people.
Film by Victor Montañez