Companion Lectures
For
Progressive Community Organizing in a Globalizing World
By
Loretta Pyles
Copyright © 2014, Loretta Pyles. From Progressive Community Organizing: Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World, 2nd Edition, by Loretta
Pyles. New York: Routledge.
Chapter 11
Resources offered by religion
• Legitimation for protest rooted in sacred and moral
teachings, icons, and music, including love, justice, and
peace
• Self-discipline and sacrifice
• Resources, including money and leadership
• Institutionally based communication channels, hierarchical
structures, and social control mechanisms
• Common identification and solidarity, including shared
transnational identities beyond nations and languages
Copyright © 2014, Loretta Pyles. From Progressive Community Organizing: Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World, 2nd Edition, by Loretta
Pyles. New York: Routledge.
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faith-based organizing
• Faith-based organizers have organized successfully
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public school reform
community policing
welfare rights
public transportation
expansion of state-funded health insurance
support for hate crime legislation
Copyright © 2014, Loretta Pyles. From Progressive Community Organizing: Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World, 2nd Edition, by Loretta
Pyles. New York: Routledge.
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faith-based organizing
networks
• Examples of faith-based organizing networks are: Industrial
Areas Foundation (IAF); the Pacific Institute for
Community Organization (PICO); the Gamaliel Network;
and Direct Action, Research, and Training (DART)
• DART engages over 400 local religious congregations,
including Catholic, Protestant, nondenominational
churches, Jewish synagogues, and Muslim mosques
• DART organizations have an array of victories to their
credit, including those related to affordable housing,
neighborhood revitalization, health-care provision, crime
and drug reform, and public education improvement
Copyright © 2014, Loretta Pyles. From Progressive Community Organizing: Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World, 2nd Edition, by Loretta
Pyles. New York: Routledge.
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tactics used by faith-based
organizers
• “One to ones” - organizers seek to build solidarity with
potential members
• Research - organizers attempt to gain power through
information
• Actions - organizers exemplify their power in numbers
• Negotiations with policy makers - organizers can gain
power through policy formulation
• Initiating public conflict - organizers can make
constructive uses of political tension
• Process of evaluation - organizers develop leaders after
critical reflection
(Wood, 2002)
Copyright © 2014, Loretta Pyles. From Progressive Community Organizing: Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World, 2nd Edition, by Loretta
Pyles. New York: Routledge.
Chapter 11
Gandhi and non-violence
• Gandhi believed that all social action should be governed by
the same simple set of moral values, of which the main
elements are selflessness, nonattachment, nonviolence, and
active service.
• About Gandhi’s non-violence, Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
• Does not attempt to defeat an opponent but, rather, seeks his or
her understanding
• Directed at objectionable policies and practices rather than at a
particular person or persons
• Involves a willingness to suffer; when opponents are not able to
listen to reason, suffering can awaken their consciousness
Copyright © 2014, Loretta Pyles. From Progressive Community Organizing: Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World, 2nd Edition, by Loretta
Pyles. New York: Routledge.
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interspiritual solidarity
• Groups such as Tikkun, Sojourners, Network of Spiritual
Progressives and the Progressive Muslim Union are all
groups working for social change across religious differences
• Finding common ground for dialogue is a critical step
toward interfaith coalition building
• A beginning point may be to clarify values and find
common theological ground in such universal concepts as
love, compassion or justice
• Engaging in self-inquiry and non-violent communication
can be productive in developing interspiritual solidarity
Copyright © 2014, Loretta Pyles. From Progressive Community Organizing: Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World, 2nd Edition, by Loretta
Pyles. New York: Routledge.
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