Robert Fisher: Let the People Decide Neighborhood Organizing in America

Ominant philosophy of activism was based on opposition to the established power bases of government and business the philosophy of 1980s activism was rooted in consensus and moderation work with those with money and power to get things done This kind of thinking which evolved while the neoconservative view of a free market solution to every social problem dominated policymaking in Washington encouraged community development corporations the nuts and bolts enterprises now found in cities across the country that rely on government and corporate seed money to develop low income housing and business activity in economically depressed areas Throughout

He book Fisher concerns himself with the national political and economic backdrops against which neighborhood interests play themselves out Discussed here are the settlement houses and community centers that thrived during the flush years of the progressive era; the militant tenants' and workers' councils inspired by the Communist and Socialist parties during the lean years of the Great Depression; the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Councils started p during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal era by Saul Alinsky widely regarded as the founder of neighborhood organizing; the protectionist suburban neighborhood improvement associations of the cold war ye.

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Contrary to political myth community activism did not die out in the 1980s If anything it intensified According to one estimate the United States is now home to than 2 million citizen action groups In this new edition of his classic study Robert Fisher rounds out his 100 year history of neighborhood organizing in America with an appraisal of those activists and organizations whose pursuit of communal good set them apart during a decade that celebrated the nabashed pursuit of personal wealth Fisher views the 1980s as an era of practical adaptation for neighborhood organizers In contrast to the politically charged 1960s and early 1970s when the pred.

One of the most prolific of sitcom writers Fisher began in television the 1950s by pairing up with a veteran radio writer twenty five years his senior named Alan Lipscott Lipscott and Fisher wrote the first episode of the CBS TV sitcom series Make Room For Daddy starring Danny Thomas in 1953 and went on to craft teleplays for The Donna Reed Show Bachelor Father which starred John Forsythe