American Elephants


Do you wonder what a community organizer organizes? by The Elephant's Child

Voters are curious about “community organizing”. Barack Obama has made quite a point of his earlier career in community organizing, but most people have no idea what an organizer actually organizes.
Iowa Hawk, a brilliant satirist, sums it up:

What do community organizers do?  As you know, Americans today are struggling with problems.  These problems include rising unemployment, energy cost, alienation, animosity, corporations and increased death.  Like no other time in our history, Americans are staring into an abyss of a hellhole of helplessness.  And this is where community organizers like me come in and provide solutions.  Specifically, America’s community organizers:

•reach out and work with comunities in various ways.
•liason with, and for, comunity agencies for service within affected areas.
•fight to make a difference.
•raise awareness.
•deal with community issues.
•when necessary, refer inquiries to outreach coordinators.
•help coordination agency administrators identify and address outreach opportunities.
•model timetables and conceptualize benchmarks.
•issue guidelines for poster contests and interpretive dance festivals.
•gather voter registrations, win valuable prizes.

More seriously, two articles visit Barack Obama’s community organizing from two sides of the aisle: one by John B. Judis from The New Republic, and another from National Review  by Byron York.  Read both articles for some insight into the presidential campaign. We offer links, you decide.

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