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"A fit on Dry Grass argues that neighborhood organizing represents a clean and promising method of institution reform as a part of a broader schedule to construct strength for low-income groups and tackle the profound social inequalities that impact the schooling of children."--Publisher's website. advent: a brand new circulation for fairness and justice in schooling -- How neighborhood organizing works --"A fit on dry grass": organizing for excellent colleges in San Jose -- "An urge for food for change": construction relational cultures for academic reform and civic engagement in l. a. -- "Our power is the ability of our community": political schooling and the continuation of the fight in Denver -- "Weaving a tapestry that may not unravel": the transformation of schooling within the Mississippi Delta -- "Acts of leadership": construction strong different types of mother or father participation in Chicago -- "Cement among the bricks": development faculties and groups in long island urban -- development strength and relationships to rework groups and faculties -- end: classes for faculty reform and democracy construction -- Appendix: A collaborative examine strategy

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But they also work with communities to reshape that story into a contemporary narrative concerning who they are today, what they are organizing for and why their cause is just. Scholars of social movements have termed this process framing. These “collective action frames” help to mobilize supporters and position the group to engage with the broader world. In our view, though, the concept of framing presents the process in an overly instrumental manner, implying that organizers freely pick and choose among frames to find the one that will work.

While local ties are important, however, they do not always provide the most salient form of identity. African Americans in one locality, for example, might feel a stronger sense of belonging and shared fate with a national African American community than with white neighbors who live down the street. Moreover, as people develop the capacity to connect with others across the nation and even the world, we cannot take for granted that geography determines community identity. People can be members of several communities.

Using political education or other means, organizing groups also help leaders place their current struggles in the context of larger historic efforts within their community, whether as people of faith committed to social justice, as African Americans struggling for freedom, or in other ways. Organizing groups try to avoid a top-down educational process that simply delivers information to participants; rather, they utilize a more popular education approach and embed knowledge building in the active participation of parents and young people.

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