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 19: Community Building Against Inequality: Zapatistas, Occupations, and Transnational Advocacy
Community Building Against Inequality: Zapatistas, Occupations, and Transnational Advocacy
Each year, when I teach U.S. social policy and community health, my class and I look at root causes of illness, one of the most significant of which is poverty. We usually watch the film Unnatural Causes, a documentary about the ways inequalities in wealth are reflected in our health. The film explores indicators of inequality including social determinants of health among various populations, examples of excess death in low-income communities, high pre-term births among African American mothers, and overall high rates of infant mortality across the board. The U.S. rate of 7 deaths per thousand infants ranks it 34th in the world, below Cuba and Portugal ...