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.

Social Movement to Social Services: From the Black Panthers to the Young Lords

Social movement to social services: From the black panthers to the young lords

Some of the most radical and innovative social movement organizations have involved combinations of community development, social action, and service provision (Brooks, 2005). Chapter 11 considers the role of social services within social movements and movement organizations, by looking at the example of the Black Panthers and Young Lords, beginning in the 1960s.

Formed nearly 50 years ago, the Black Panther Party aimed to meet some of its most vital goals of its community through services, including education, child care, food, and literacy programs. Of the group's Ten Point Platform, four elements involved service issues, such as housing. A fifth ...

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