By Mark R. Warren
"A fit on Dry Grass argues that neighborhood organizing represents a clean and promising method of tuition reform as a part of a broader schedule to construct energy for low-income groups and tackle the profound social inequalities that impact the schooling of children."--Publisher's web site. creation: a brand new stream for fairness and justice in schooling -- How neighborhood organizing works --"A fit on dry grass": organizing for nice colleges in San Jose -- "An urge for food for change": development relational cultures for academic reform and civic engagement in la -- "Our energy is the facility of our community": political schooling and the continuation of the fight in Denver -- "Weaving a tapestry that will not unravel": the transformation of schooling within the Mississippi Delta -- "Acts of leadership": development strong types of dad or mum participation in Chicago -- "Cement among the bricks": development faculties and groups in long island urban -- development energy and relationships to remodel groups and colleges -- end: classes for faculty reform and democracy development -- Appendix: A collaborative study strategy
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38 A MATCH ON DR Y GR AS S After Matt’s arrival, organizers and leaders took on several small campaigns at Chavez, Ryan, and Cureton elementary schools in the Alum Rock district. Matt recalls these first campaigns: We started helping people begin to develop a priority list of issues that they wanted to work on. It really took off like wildfire. It was very much like throwing a match on dry grass. I don’t know that anybody had ever been in that neighborhood asking these kinds of basic questions about what are your dreams for your kids and what’s going on at the local public school, and what do you think about building an organization that would have the power to deal with some of these problems?
Organizers have often relied upon black church culture to unite and inspire people to struggle against racial oppression. 5 The women’s movement broadly and the organizing efforts of women of color in particular have also influenced community organizing. The feminist tradition brought to the field a number of distinctive features. First, it brought recognition to the particular role that women play as leaders of community struggles, even if they do not hold formal, institutional positions. While men dominated the formal positions, as pastors or national movement leaders, women often did the hard day-to-day work of supporting communities, and they built the local networks that moved folks into action.
This initiative guaranteed funding for every child in Santa Clara County to receive highquality health insurance. Together with other PICO organizing groups, PACT subsequently helped expand this model statewide. PACT also had many early victories in education, such as securing funding for homework centers throughout the city of San Jose, building a youth center in Alum Rock, and gathering support for alternative education high schools. As one of several organizing groups in San Jose, PACT leaders decided to invest their energy into improving public schools and ramped up their focus on education issues in 2000.