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1 Building Community through Civic Organizing Using Organizing- Leadership Tools Tony Massengale, Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission January 6-7, 2008 CAHRO Training Conference & Annual Membership Meeting Sacramento, California

2 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale2 Acknowledgement I am indebted to many teachers, mentors, organizers, leaders and organizations for the knowledge compiled or constructed here, including: Karen Bass, Harry Boyte, John Gardner, Robert Linthicum, John McKnight, Peg Michels, Anthony Thigpen, Howard Uller, Eugene Williams, the organizers of the Industrial Areas Foundation and other organizing networks

3 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale3 What is Community Organizing? What is Community? What is Organizing?

4 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale4 TOPICS Community Organizing Tradition: Legacy & Lessons for the 21 st Century Knowledge Age The New Organizing: Building Civic Infrastructure Critique: Strengths & Limitations of Political Modes Context for Change: Institutions & Systems Civic Organizing Framework Organizing-Leadership Tools Community Building with a Civic Purpose Case Study: Pasadena-Altadena Vision 20/20

5 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale5 Community Organizing Tradition Initiation of ordinary people into public life Iron Rule-Don’t do for others what they can do themselves The world as it is (real)…The world as it should be (ideal) Two kinds of power: Organized People-Organized Money Organizers build power organizations one person at a time Issues change, the constant is the development of people Line up your allies and target your adversaries The action is in the reaction Power can never be conferred; it has to be taken The opposition is your best ally in radicalizing your people Law of Change…threat, pressure, tension, confrontation Organized people can beat organized money IAF: Saul Alinsky and Edward T. Chambers

6 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale6 What Makes It Organizing? 1.Organizers-full-time leaders of leaders… 2.Power Analysis-continuous… 3.Power Base Building-collaborative civic infrastructure…one person at a time… 4.Leadership Development-teach, mentor, coach 5.Face to Face Politics-public meetings, democracy, deliberation, accountability… 6.Change in Power Relationships 7.Change in Public Practice 8.Sustainable Outcomes-tangible improvements

7 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale7 The New Organizing: Lessons Applied New Power Analysis: Community and its Counterfeits (Careless Society) by John McKnight Is Organizing necessary? Who will govern? Renewing democracy in each generation Where/What is the context of the New Organizing? Who/What/Where is the Leadership Power Base? Who are the Organizers?

8 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale8 Practical Tools of Organizing-Leadership Partial List Power Analysis (Macro and Micro) Institutional Power Mapping In-reach Before Outreach Building Public Relationships Individual (Relational) Public Meetings Building a Collaborative Leadership Base Leadership Development (Practices & Disciplines) Community Building Collaborative Civic Engagement for Public Problem-Solving

9 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale9 Elements of the Civic Organizing Framework VISION VALUES CIVIC STANDARDS OPERATING PRINCIPLES PRACTICES DISCIPLINES

10 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale10 Current Civic Organizing Projects United Job Creation Council Regional Violence Prevention Coalition Community School Parks Initiative Pasadena-Altadena Vision 20/20 Southeast Summit on Youth & Violence

11 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale11 Pasadena-Altadena Vision 20/20 Strategic action framework for solutions to gang and racialized violence Organizing a broad-based umbrella collaborative that can engage in strategic action solutions Civic engagement of community, faith, civic philanthropic, business, educational organizations in partnership with government Invite entire community—especially youth and young adults--to design, plan, implement and evaluate practical and sustainable solutions

12 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale12 Milestones & Victories 20+ Core Team; 4 Working Groups; 3 Caucuses Catalyst for inter-governmental committee formed ($70k allocated for committee work; $20k for youth services) Catalyst for expanding gang intervention- prevention initiatives (over $130k allocated) Business/employers being convened for youth/young adult employment initiative Probation Dept. community assessment done CalGRIP CBO proposal written ($200k) CDBG proposal being written Alliance being built with largest child, youth, family network; March 2008 joint-conference

13 Civic Organizing 100-Tony Massengale13 Media & Reading Resource File Contact the office of Los Angeles County Commission Human Relations


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