Monthly Archives: July 2012

Advocates of the Month July 2012

Myrta Rosa Myrta Rosa was born in Puerto Rico and immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. Upon her arrival, Myrta moved to Perth Amboy, New Jersey with her parents where she later attended the vocational training program at Perth Amboy High School. Myrta moved to Woodbridge Developmental Center in October 1998 […]

Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing: A Quick Look

Linda’s experiences as a child and a young adult with sexism, classism, racism and homophobia set the groundwork for Linda’s desire to fight for justice as she grew older. Linda’s initial experiences of grassroots organizing in Charleston, South Carolina were characterized by Linda feeling inferior to others, particularly men, in which she felt she should […]

Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing: Book Review

Linda Stout’s Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing takes the reader on a thought-provoking journey as she begins by recounting how her childhood has shaped her values and beliefs and ultimately led her to become a successful grassroots activist, characterized by many trials and tribulations along the way. In order to […]

Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing: Breaking Down the Chapters

Chapter 1: Growing Up Poor Both raised in North Carolina, Linda Stout’s parents grew up poor. Linda’s father, Herschal Joseph Stout, was a Quaker, in which Linda and her younger sisters were raised that way as they attended Friends Meeting every Sunday. Linda’s first experience of using collective power was through a Meeting, as she […]

Contesting Community: A Quick Look

  In Contesting Community, the authors challenges its readers to take on a new approach to community organizing for achieving success in social change  Discusses the importance of effective community mobilizing for building a social movement in a contemporary political economy The current trend of decentralization of the state and the dominance of the market […]

Contesting Community: Book Review

“Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing” authors, James DeFilippis, Robert Fisher, and Eric Shragge seeks to examine the challenges facing contemporary community organizing role that neoliberalism and capitalism play in contemporary community organizing; social change between three countries-the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.  Their analysis of these nations’ social and economic […]

Contesting Community: Breaking Down the Chapters

Introduction Our interest in local community is tied to a broad social and economic critique of neoliberal forms of capitalism. We believe that there is a struggle for social change, shaped by the goals of social and economic justice and equality, is still critical. We believe that the local community is an important, but not […]