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.

Praxis: From Direct Action to Direct Services
Praxis: From direct action to direct services

Parts I and II introduced and sketched a model of action framing Community Projects as Social Activism. Part III considers the application of the model as organizers move from community organization to development, from the grass roots to organizational development, direct action to direct services and back again.

Facing Rent Increases, Activists Held a Sleep Out in Front of City Hall on October 1, 2000, Establishing the Legal Right to Sleep on the Sidewalk in New York City.

Source: Photos by Caroline Shepard

The challenges of organizational development are many. Gareth Morgan (2006) notes that organizations, spaces where human services are typically provided, often feel like psychic prisons. Many of the impulses that first ...

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