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Title:
A community organizer's tale : people and power in San Francisco
Author:
Miller, Mike, 1937-
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Heyday Books, [2009]

©2009
Physical Description:
xxiv, 292 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Summary:
"The rise and fall of the multi-issue Mission Coalition Organization is recounted in [this book], a richly detailed story of people power set in San Francisco's predominantly Latino Mission District. ... [T]he organization defeated urban renewal, negotiated jobs for the unemployed, and protected low-income tenants from exorbitant rents until it was ultimately weakened by federal "Model Cities" funding. Embodying the concept ... that "change comes from below" and combining colorful stories, lessons on organizaing for social and economic justice, public policy analysis, a keen eye for American politics, and reflection on democratic theory, this is a thoughtful and hopeful antidote to cynicism, apathy, and powerlessness."--Back cover.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
The setting -- Saul Alinsky and the organizing tradition -- Urban renewal -- The Mission Council on redevelopment -- Lessons from MCOR -- After urban renewal's defeat -- The lay of the land -- Founding the Mission Coalition Organization -- MCO birth pains -- The shape of people power : MCO's formal structure -- The organizer's role -- Growing pains -- Action : building people power -- Building people power in the Mission -- MCO and the media -- MCO and model cities -- Photographs -- Action : tenant organizing and the Housing Committee -- Action : jobs and employment -- A closer look at MCO's political makeup -- Nationalism -- Core ideas -- MCO and model cities, round two -- Urban planning -- The question of allies -- Redefining "radical" -- MCO loses momentum -- In victory lies defeat -- The "crippled programs syndrome" -- Model cities : the debate continues -- MCO in light of current community organizing practice and theory -- Who pays for people power? -- Politics and vision -- Epilogue : whither the Mission.
ISBN:
9781597141185
Format :
Book

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