Mamas, Don’t Let Your Organizers Grow Up to be Developers

Community Organizing

Waveland    The activist and academically oriented quarterly journal, Social Policy, trades out subscriptions with a publication called Shelterforce, which, as the name indicates, specializes in housing related issues. A random email called “rooflines” that I get from time to time featured their best articles of the year.   Scrolling through, one piece caught my eye because …

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Hiring Preferences

ACORN International

London     Talking with organizers in France and England about hiring and recruiting organizers exposes some interesting paradoxes and time lapses. In France,  the preferred field to plow was often the university and post-university demographic. The recruits, when identified, would usually be asked to start as volunteers with perhaps just expenses paid. They used …

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Union Puzzle in Vietnam

International Labor Organizing

Hanoi There was no question that the Organizers’ Forum delegation debated more ardently than the proposition of the independence and effectiveness of the Vietnamese General Federation of Labor.  At the end of our visit we were clear that their role in Vietnamese society was critical, their voice within government was not trivial, their sincerity and …

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