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.

Legal Strategies

Legal strategies

Direct action certainly secures wins—such as preventing a budget cut. But to effect deep institutional changes, a larger campaign, focusing on both long-term and short-term goals, is needed. Crucial in the long-term thinking of successful campaigns is a legal strategy. Civil rights activists, for example, were supported by the work of legal heavyweights such as Thurgood Marshall. His work helped bridge the gap between direct action and institutional change. Such inside-outside work helps campaigns to broker long-term wins. This chapter considers the ways organizers use legal strategies to move their campaigns forward.

The case studies throughout this volume highlight the work of organizations formed not only to change laws but to change the system. Dean Spade (2011) formed the Sylvia Rivera Law ...

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