Cold Anger: A Story of Faith and Power Politics

Cold Anger: A Story of Faith and Power Politics

by Mary Beth Rogers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0929398130

ISBN-13: 9780929398136

Pub. Date: 01/28/1990

Publisher: University of North Texas Press


Cold Anger is an important book about the empowerment of working-class communities through church-based social activism. Such activism is certainly not new, but the conscious merger of community organizing tactics with religious beliefs may be. The organizing approach comes from Aul Alinsky and his Industrial Areas Foundations (IAF). . . . The book is…  See more details below

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Cold Anger is an important book about the empowerment of working-class communities through church-based social activism. Such activism is certainly not new, but the conscious merger of community organizing tactics with religious beliefs may be. The organizing approach comes from Aul Alinsky and his Industrial Areas Foundations (IAF). . . . The book is structured around the polifical life of Ernesto Cortes Jr., the lead IAF organizer who has earned recognition as one of the most powerful individuals in Texas (and who has been featured on Bill Moyers' “World of Ideas”). . . . Cortes fashioned a hard-ball Alinsky approach onto the natural organizing ground of church-based comunities. The experiment began in San Antonio . . . and was successful in the transformation of San Antonio politics.

Such dramatic success . . . led to similar efforts in Houston, Fort Worth, El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and New York, to mention only a few sites. Expansion beyond San Antonio meant organizing among Protestant churches, among African American and white, and among middle-class communities. In short, these organizing efforts have transcended the particularistic limits of religion, ethnicity, and class while maintaining a church base and sense of spiritual mission. . . .

Rogers's clearly written book will be of great value to the scholar, student, and layperson interested in urban politics, ethnic relations, social movements, or church activism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929398136
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
01/28/1990
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
678,349
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction,
Prologue,
Part One,
1 Moses and Paul: The World's Greatest Organizers,
2 We Are Willing to Sacrifice,
3 We Need Power to Protect What We Value,
4 You Feel Like Your Work Is a Ministry,
5 The University of COPS,
6 Anger Gives You Energy,
7 The First Revolution Is Internal,
Part Two,
8 The Black Hand Over San Antonio,
9 Tactics Is the Art of Taking,
10 When People Act on the Gospel Values,
Part Three,
11 Leave Them Alone. They're Mexicans.,
12 A Theology That Does Not Stop,
13 We Are Not an Illusion of the Moment,
Part Four,
14 Is COPS Coming to Your Neighborhood?,
15 We Are the Only Alternative,
16 There Is No Substitute for the Fire,
Epilogue,
Chapter Notes,
Index,

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