Organizing Articles & Books

Organizing Articles

The Soft Arts of Organizing – Larry McNeil
The Antigonish Movement – Moses Coady
Climate Solutions – YES! Magazine

Books about IAF Organizing

Edward T. Chambers, Roots for Radicals: Organizing for Power, Action and Justice. Continuum International Publishing Group, 2003.

Michael Gecan, Going Public. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002.

Dennis Shirley, Valley Interfaith and School Reform: Organizing for Power in South Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002.

Mark Warren, Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001

Dennis Shirley, Community Organizing for Urban School Reform. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997.

Robert H. Wilson, ed., Public Policy and Community: Activism and Governance in Texas. Austin: University of Texas press, 1997.

Jim Rooney, Organizing the South Bronx. Albany: SUNY Press, 1995.

Mary Beth Rogers, Cold Anger: A Story of Faith and Power Politics. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1990

Harry Boyte, CommonWealth: A Return to Citizen Politics, New York: Free Press, 1989.

Slayton, Robert A., Back of the Yards: The Making of a Local Democracy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.

Chapters about IAF Organizing

“Empowerment,” Chap. 5 in Boyte, Harry C., Community is Possible: Repairing America’s Roots. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1984. Pp. 125-159.

“Democratic Promise,” Chap. 10 in Greider, William, Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. Pp. 222-241.

“BUILD,” in McDougall, Harold A., Black Baltimore: A New Theiry of Community. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993. Pp. 126-135 & 179-184.

“Friends-and-Neighbors Politics and the Need for Organization,” Chap. 5 and “Obstacles to Organization Politics,” Chap. 6 in Skerry, Peter. Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority. New York: The Free Press, 1993. Pp. 131-215.

“The First Principle: Agree on the Problem,” Chap. 4 in Murnane, Richard J. and Levy, Frank, Teaching the New Basic Skills: Principles for Educating Children to Thrive in a Changing Economy. New York: Martin Kessler Books, The Free Press, 1996. Pp. 80 – 108.

Frank Pierson, “‘Power Before Program’: Broad Base Organizing and the Industrial Areas Foundation,” Chapter 6 in Rebuilding Community: Policy and Practice in Urban Regeneration, John Pierson & Joan Smith, eds., New York: Palgrave, 2001. Pp. 99-117.