Organizing the South Bronx / Edition 1by Jim Rooney
Pub. Date: 11/04/1994
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Very little is written about the catastrophic and precipitous collapse of the South Bronx, although its fate is
This is a story of heroic and articulate individuals who were able to defy overwhelming odds and build affordable housing in the South Bronx. It is about the process of teaching citizens in a low-income neighborhood how to participate in public life.
Very little is written about the catastrophic and precipitous collapse of the South Bronx, although its fate is universally cited as emblematic of urban hopelessness. This inquiry focuses on community organizers who are sifting through the wreckage and making progress in battling an inept municipal government and the centrifugal forces of decay. The locus is a coalition of forty minority congregations, who battled the city of New York for vacant land in order to build owner-occupied row houses. This is a study of how to educate adults in a democracy to find their voice and wield the power that is inherent in large numbers of organized citizens.
Table of ContentsForeword by Nathan Glazer
Introduction: The Design and Purpose of the Study
Part One: Context
1. The Bronx: "The City Without a Slum"
2. Why Did the South Bronx Collapse?
Part Two: The IAF in New York City
3. Alinsky, Chambers, and Citizen Movements
4. The IAF in Queens and Brooklyn
5. Old Testament Builders Nehemiah and Robbins
6. Relational Organizing: Launching South Bronx Churches
7. South Bronx Civics: Morris High School
Part Three: South Bronx Case Study
8. Here We Will Build!
9. War on 404! The Reaction to the Action
10. Digging in for the Long Haul
11. Armistice in the War on 404
Part Four: Analysis
12. Was It a Just War?
13. Learning from South Bronx Churches
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