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.
Chapter 12: From Critique to Coexistence with Capital: The Woodlawn Organization and the Dilemmas of Community Development
From Critique to Coexistence with Capital: The Woodlawn Organization and the Dilemmas of Community Development
Of course, the Young Lords was not the only antipoverty group of the era to use direct action to push its agenda. Many groups did. Some of the most famous were the Woodlawn Organization (TWO) and the National Welfare Rights Organizations (NWRO)—two groups that chose different paths. This chapter highlights the struggle between social movement and service orientations within community organizations. The Woodlawn Organization straddled between community development and organization in order to develop its own social and economic capital. Born of the civil rights movement, it formed a community development corporation as many antipoverty ...