Monday, March 12, 2007

Power Concedes Nothing Without A Demand

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will," said the famed 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass. It is a sentiment that Saul Alinsky took to heart in the 20th century as he taught people in communities across the US to organize, rise up and take back the democratic promise the founders of our nation fought and died for. In his first book, Reveille for Radicals, the fiery Alinsky sought to reach out and introduce community organizing to a broader audience. Decades later, the principles Alinsky propagated continue to be taught in community organizations worldwide through the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), which he founded in 1940.

Alinsky, dead since 1972, has even been inserted into the 2008 Presidential Race, as it was recently revealed that Senator Hillary Clinton chose the controversial organizer as the subject of her senior thesis in college. One of Clinton's chief rivals for the Democratic nomination, fellow Senator Barak Obama, also has an Alinsky connection. He worked with Chicago-area IAF affiliates on a variety of community organizing projects before entering elected politics.

Now {shameless plug warning} I have a 1969 edition of Alinsky's Reveille for Radicals up for auction in my online garage sale. This is your chance to read what all the fuss is about!

We're moving in 6 short weeks and I really need to get rid of some stuff before the movers get here! So, thanks for helping me thin out my bookshelves!

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