Social Action 105: Radical Community Organizing

By Rachel L. West

Given the current political clement and the socio-economic reality many people in the US are facing, I figured now would be a good time for us to take a look at radical community organizing. This topic ties in with last week’s chat on Social work leadership in the face of ethical policy conflicts. This chat will be the 5th installment in our social action series.

Reisch (2013, p. 362) defined radical community organizing as a “form of community practice that encompasses a dynamic set of theories, goals, ideologies, values, strategies, and tactics that seek to achieve a more egalitarian, open, and socially just world through the creation of fundamental structural, institutional, ideological, attitudinal, and behavioral changes in communities, societies and individuals.”

The chat will explore the theories radical community organizing is built upon and strategies that have been used.

Questions:

Q1: What is radical…

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#MacroSW chat for 7/12/2018 at 9 pm Eastern: Social work leadership in the face of ethical policy conflicts.

I’ll be hosting the #MacroSW chat this Thursday

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When Chief of Staff John Kelley was interviewed by NPR last year, this policy was referenced, “They’ll be put into foster care….or something”.  The quote went viral.

As social workers, we may detect a few layers of implied meaning in this statement. First: In this instance, social work practice is presumed to function as a mere cog to further larger policy goals. Second:  those policy goals run counter to ethical practice. Third: that these policy goals may not be deeply considered (the “or something” in this statement). Foster care is a part of a complex system of child and family support, not an ends to a means (in this case, attempt to deter immigration by breaking families apart).
Earlier this summer, our #MacroSW chat focused on the ongoing crisis of U.S. Immigration Policy. Specifically, we discussed the humanitarian crisis of separating children from their families. Regardless of political affiliation…

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