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Michael Gecan, an organizer with Industrial Areas Foundation for over 25 years, is author of After America’s Midlife Crisis and Going Public. The views expressed in his essays are his own, not the views of Metro IAF or any of its affiliates.
The community development industry has failed in the fight for fair housing. Despite claiming to involve residents, power and self-interest still have the final say.
The only antidote to despair over national politics will be to generate and expand new solutions at local, state, and regional levels.
The calculus of power isn’t defined by hits or clicks or tweets. It is measured in relationships and meaningful reactions over time.
Lessons from a community organizer on building political power.
Ordinary people have proven that they can access political life.
Cities can make decisions. Cities can set their own priorities. Cities can resist the self-interested categories of those with extraordinary wealth.
American education used to be locally controlled and highly pragmatic. Not anymore.
Isn’t the whole national political scene just so depressing?
My quarrel is not with Gilens’s insights, but the premise of his argument.
The Chicago way of doing politics.
Policy wonks, patronage, and the possibilities of the grassroots
Urban decline moves to the suburbs
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