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Title: Community Organizing 101


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Community Organizing 101
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Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) is a
non-partisan coalition of faith communities and
partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working
together to build power for social justice. GCC
unites people across lines of race, class,
religion, and geography to promote public,
private and civic sector actions which strengthen
and improve the quality of life of our
neighborhoods.
3
Key Themes of Community Organizing
  • Power
  • Self-interests
  • Relationships

4
Living Between Two Worlds
Engine Motivation Glue
  • World as it Is
  • Power
  • Self Interest
  • Relationships
  • World as it Should Be
  • Love
  • Do good/Altruism
  • Recognition of common humanity

5
Definition of Power
  • To be able
  • The ability to act

6
Ways of Understanding Power
  • Dominant Power
  • Unilateral (one-way)
  • Zero-sum
  • Power over
  • Relational Power
  • Multi-lateral
  • Increasing
  • Power with

7
Discuss with Partner
  • Tell a story of a time in you life when you were
    acted on by dominant power, and what if anything
    you did about it.
  • Keep the story public
  • Spend 5 minutes swapping stories.

8
Sources of Power in a Democracy
  • Position
  • Organized Money
  • Organized People

9
Context for Community Organizing
Values Profit Power Organized
Values administration/control Power Position
  • Public Sector
  • Elected officials
  • (national, state, local)
  • Government Agencies
  • Private Sector
  • Financial Services
  • Energy companies
  • Real Estate/Constr.
  • Health Care/Insurance
  • Manufacturing

Contracts/grants/regulations
Campaign Donations
  • Civic Sector
  • Families
  • Religious Congs.
  • Labor Unions
  • Civic associations
  • Advocacy Groups

Workers/Consumers
Voters/Taxpayers
Values All other motives Power Organized People
and organized
10
Context for Community Organizing
Values Profit Power Organized
Values administration/control Power Position
Public Sector
Private Sector
Contracts/grants/regulations
Campaign Donations
Civic Sector
Workers/Consumers
Voters/Taxpayers
Values All other motives Power Organized People
and organized
11
Three Levels of Power
  • Get to the table
  • Make a deal
  • Keep a deal

12
Context for Community Organizing
Values Profit Power Organized
Values administration/control Power Position
  • Public Sector
  • Elected officials
  • (national, state, local)
  • Government Agencies
  • Private Sector
  • Financial Services
  • Energy companies
  • Real Estate/Constr.
  • Health Care/Insurance
  • Manufacturing

Contracts/grants/regulations
Campaign Donations
  • Civic Sector
  • Families
  • Religious Congs.
  • Labor Unions
  • Civic associations
  • Advocacy Groups

Workers/Consumers
Voters/Taxpayers
Values All other motives Power Organized People
and organized
13
GCCs Purpose Relational Power for Justice
  • Ability to get to the decision making table and
    negotiate on behalf of our interests and values
  • Make and keep deals
  • Organizing our people and our money

14
Frederick Douglass on Power
  • Power concedes nothing without a demand. It
    never did and it never will.

15
Paul Tillich on Power
  • Power without love tyranny
  • Love without power sentimentality
  • Power Love Justice

16
Self Interest
  • Selfishness (me only)
  • Self interest (inter-esse me amongst others)
  • Selflessness (others only)

17
Spectrum of Self-Interest
  • Self Preservation

Self Realization
18
Rabbi Hillel Says
  • If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
  • If I am only for myself, what am I?
  • If not now, when?

19
Discuss with Partner
  • What self-interest brought you here today?
  • 10 minutes

20
Small Change Discussion
  • What key points did you take from this article?
  • What were the self-interests of the students who
    initiated the sit-ins?
  • Why these students?
  • 15 minutes

21
Joseph McNeil and the Chickens
  • Self-interests
  • Relationships
  • Tension/agitation
  • Action/Reaction

22
How will we build power in the Civic Sector?
  • Identifying common self interests we can only
    realize together
  • Intentionally building relationships necessary to
    motivate and sustain action

23
Two Organizing Tools to Identify Interests and
Build Relationships
  1. Individual meetings
  2. House meetings

24
Definition of Leadership
  • Someone who has followers
  • How many followers do you have?

25
How do you build your Leadership?
  • Intentionally expand your network of
    relationships.
  • Members of your congregation
  • Members of other congregations and organizations
  • Other community leaders.

26
Individual Meetings
  • A 30-60 minute face to face meeting to explore
    the possibility of a public relationship.
  • Explore initiate with people you are interested
    in because you imagine that theres something to
    do together.
  • Public Not friendship, not romance, but respect,
    an understanding of mutual interests, and a
    context to work together in the future.

27
With Whom?
  • Members of your congregation
  • Members of other congregations and organizations
  • Other community leaders.
  • Anyone who can help you expand your network

28
Life Lessons from Lois
  • Meeting someone is not just about meeting
    someone.
  • She had a big job for Helen, she just didnt
    know what it was yet.
  • First, she reaches out to someone outside her
    world.
  • Its not merely that she knows lots of people.
    Its that she belongs to lots of different
    worlds.
  • (Integration) happened, but it didnt happen by
    accident. It happened because a certain type of
    person made it happen.
  • When we talk about power, this is what we are
    usually talking about money and authority. But
    theres a third kind of power as well the kind
    Lois has. Its social power.

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Elements of Individual Meetings
  • Credential who and why
  • Be interesting share your story and interests
  • Be interested/curious inquire about stories,
    interests, passions, values, concerns,
    experiences, talents, public life choices.
  • Close with specific next step to further the
    public relationship
  • another meeting a particular topic
  • share names of people in their network
  • pull together a house meeting
  • attend an event connected to their interest

30
Nature of Conversation
  • Yes
  • Intentional
  • Individual
  • Relational
  • Two-way/reciprocal
  • Stories/interests/values
  • Public/probing
  • In Person
  • Art
  • No
  • Casual
  • Group
  • Task-oriented
  • Interview
  • Small talk
  • Private/prying
  • Phone/e-mail/chat
  • Science

31
Summary
  • We build a powerful organization by building
    relationships between civic sector institutions
    that have common self interests.
  • We unlock the power of organized people by
    developing leaders with a following.

32
Context for Community Organizing
Values Profit Power Organized
Values administration/control Power Position
  • Public Sector
  • Elected officials
  • (national, state, local)
  • Government Agencies
  • Private Sector
  • Financial Services
  • Energy companies
  • Real Estate/Constr.
  • Health Care/Insurance
  • Manufacturing

Contracts/grants/regulations
Campaign Donations
  • Civic Sector
  • Families
  • Religious Congs.
  • Labor Unions
  • Civic associations
  • Advocacy Groups

Workers/Consumers
Voters/Taxpayers
Values All other motives Power Organized People
and organized
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Core Teams
  • 5-25 member team who will be responsible for
    organizing your congregation
  • Clergy and lay leaders
  • Leaders from all corners of the congregation
  • Agenda for Summer meeting
  • Audit of congregational members connected to each
    of our issue areas
  • Strategy for approaching each of the above
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