We Make Change

We Make Change

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Community organizers work at their jobs because they are passionate, because they believe that change is possible, and because they enjoy working with people. Although it's not an occupation that leads to great wealth, community organizers can make a living at it. They get salaries, pensions and health insurance. They raise families. They do well by doing good. This book explores the world of community organizing through the voices of real people working in the field, in small towns and city neighborhoods--women and men of different races and economic backgrounds, ranging in age from those in their twenties to those in their sixties. Fourteen in-depth profiles tell the life stories of a cross-section of the diverse people who choose the life of an organizer. Other chapters, focused on issues of organizing, are tapestries of experience woven from the 81 interviews the authors conducted.What people had taught us young Black kids was that ita#39;s not Negroes that the White folks dona#39;t like. ... My White allies and friends were mostly hippies and Appalachian beatniks. ... Especially English essays: I was the first Black student to be included in aquot;Theme Vaultaquot; which is the volume of freshman essays that UT had.

Title:We Make Change
Author: Kristin Layng Szakos, Joe Szakos
Publisher:Vanderbilt University Press - 2007

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