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.

From Joy to Justice: Mixing Fun and Community Building

From joy to justice: Mixing fun and community building

Activists bring any number of motivations to their work. Often, they bring personal guilt, self-righteousness, or an impulse toward martyrdom—all negative motivations. “The fatal flaw of every group since the movement began,” a frustrated Vito Russo mused early in the AIDS crisis in New York, “[is to] starve to death for the cause” (Schiavi, 2011, p. 240). To counter this, Russo turned to the movies, cultural activism, and outrageous forms of direct action. And, he was not alone in doing so. Throughout the history of social movements, countless players have turned to the intersection of art, music, culture, and even play to sustain themselves, as well as ...

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