Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services by Benjamin Shepard is an engaging and accessible work that will get today's students excited about the very real prospect of achieving lasting, positive change within their communities. It outlines a distinct approach to community practice born out of the intersection among social movements, day-to-day organizing, and the lessons of five decades of community change practices. This invaluable resource is a must-have for anyone involved in community organization, community health, and community activism practice research and policy.

Learning from Community Projects

Learning from community projects

While the social activism we discussed in the previous chapter is a vital aspect of organizing, it is but one of a wide range of practices. Each organizer comes into the practice in a different way. The following offers a narrative of my journey to it. Throughout, I reflect on my teaching, experiences as a student and practitioner, and the ways these experiences inform my approaches to teaching the subject.

For years now, I have taught community organizing and community projects. The goal for these classes is to establish the grounding for the budding practitioner's subsequent social justice work No class or community project or even understanding of the concept of justice is the same; rather, everyone comes ...

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