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Higher Power: Strategic Capacity for State and National Organizing

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January 1, 2007 | Download Document

Higher Power: Strategic Capacity for State and National Organizing
Richard L. Wood, University of New Mexico
[in Community Organizing and Political Change in the City, edited by Marion Orr; University of Kansas Press, 2007]

This chapter studies an organizing effort of the PICO National Network, which organizes
in poor, working-class, and middle-class neighborhoods in the United States, mostly in urban
areas.1 PICO engages in "faith-based community organizing" to generate democratic pressure to
advance the interests of its non-elite, highly multiracial participants (Gecan 2002; Wood &
Warren 2002). The research reported here goes beyond other studies of grassroots organizing
through its focus on efforts to influence policy-making on health care, public safety, education,
immigrant rights, and housing at the state and national levels.