According to Mike Gecan, there are two basic freedoms that need to be fought for and preserved if democracy is to continue to function: freedom from and freedom for. But in order to do so, we must learn how to organize.
In this Spanish translation of the summary of the key elements from Gregory Pierce’s book The World As It Should Be: Living Authentically in the Here-and-Now Kingdom of God, readers are given an accessible and affordable introduction to creating the kingdom of God in the world as we experience it.
Especially when the words are social justice, one of the most misunderstood, maligned, and difficult terms in the lexicon of both religious and secular life. In this little booklet, Bill Droel tries to put some flesh on the bones of what we actually mean by social justice and how and when we actually exercise it. He distinguishes social justice from charity, as well as from distributive justice and commutative justice.
This is a book encouraging reflection about public life and ideals; the gap between the world "as it is" and "as it should be"; self-interest vs. self-sacrifice and other polarities; and how to create actions that not only receive momentary press attention but that are effective.
Michael Gecan, a professional organizer with Industrial Areas Foundation for over 25 years, knows from experience that strong relationships in the public sphere and sustained, disciplined organizing can spark the public and private alchemy necessary to achieve sidewalks, parks, schools, housing--and the collective renewal that follows.
In this booklet, Ed Chambers mulls about the need for human beings to develop their "Public life."
"This book is about how we rebuild those institutions of our society so that we can rebuild our democratic culture and use it to change the way we are doing things in this country and around the world," says Ernesto Cortes, Jr., the co-executive director of the Industrial Areas Foundation and a passionate spokesperson for social justice and the common good.
Rev. Jeff Krehbiel offers reflections on four passages from the Christian Scriptures and how they relate to the experience of community organizing.
In this important book, Patrick Collins gives a first-hand account of the federal investigation and trial that landed former Governor George Ryan in prison and demonstrated the cost and tragic consequences of Illinois' "culture of corruption."
Stephen Smith is a voice from and for the next generation of fighters for social justice, giving his young adult colleagues an introduction to grassroots organizing.
In this booklet, Ed Chambers mulls about the building of relationships in public life that allow us to share our values, passions and interests with one another — what he calls "mixing human spirit."
If citizens' organizations can be effective and powerful, welcoming and relational, why aren't some of the religious institutions that make them up always that way? The answer is they can be.