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  •  The Minutemen - Community Organizers (1+ / 0-)
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    1760 to 1780

    In response to new taxes by Great Britain to pay for the Seven Year's War, community organizers in the New World colonies aroused their fellow citizens to boycott, coining the phrase, "No taxation without representation", as the colonists felt that they had no say in the creation of these taxes. As more taxes were levied onto the American colonists, these community organizers formed their own political groups, such as the Sons of Liberty, in order to better organize the boycotts and public demonstrations.


    1900 to 1940

    Community organization was established distinct from social work, with much energy coming from those critical of capitalist doctrines. Studs Terkel documented community organizing in the depression era, perhaps most notably that of Dorothy Day. Most organizations had a national orientation because the economic problems the nation faced did not seem possible to change at the neighborhood levels.


    1960 to present

    The American Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movements, the Chicano movement, the feminist movement, and the gay rights movement all influenced and were influenced by ideas of neighborhood organizing. Experience with federal anti-poverty programs and the upheavals in the cities produced a thoughtful response among activists and theorists in the early 1970s that has informed activities, organizations, strategies and movements through the end of the century. Less dramatically, civic associations and neighborhood block clubs were formed all across the country to foster community spirit and civic duty, as well as provide a social outlet.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room! - President Merkin Muffley

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 06:41:22 AM PDT

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