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.

Direct Action and “Getting the Goods”

Direct action and “getting the goods”

Gandhi wanted to end colonial rule in India. So his followers made salt, challenging the British prohibition again the practice. Civil rights activists wanted to battle a system of oppressive Jim Crow-era laws. So they risked arrest by sitting to order meals at segregated lunch counters. A group of young people recognized that the U.S. political system was overly influenced by money. So they started sleeping in a small park in the financial district of Manhattan, and the world recognized a gap between the 99% and the 1%. Much of organizing is born of just such gestures of freedom. These actions create counter-reactions, tension, and ruminations essential to any campaign. The driving force ...

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