Alinsky's People's Organizations
Definition: As shown in the Ledwith book, "Alinsky's People"s Organizations were based on the use of power, action and justice to fight racism, poverty and isolation"(p.85). When organizing a people's movement, they must feel that the organization belongs to them and that the foundation of the organization is based off of their experiences and struggles; it is an organization that is led by the people who are facing the struggle (Alinsky, 1969). Application: Grassroots organizations form in order to promote community justice. These groups collectively organize to address certain neighborhood issues. They use the social capital within their neighborhoods to spread their message and to reach their objectives. Grassroots organizations often accumulate power that they use to eradicate social inequalities within their communities. Adaptation: Developing organizations that are led by people within a struggling community can help bridge these communities based on a common struggle. For example, today across large urban cities in the United States we can see a lot of ethnic divide within the city. Developing organizations with a foundation based on common struggles and inequalities, can help bridge ethnic and racial divides because these organizations can unite people based on a common struggle or goal.