In Defense of Community Organizing

By Scot Evans – September 5, 2008
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In her acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention,  Vice Presidential nominee and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said,

"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a `community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."

Nominally, her words were an assault on Barack Obama's early career as a  community organizer on Chicago's south side. But the impact reaches  farther than that and is a direct affront to the thousands who have  dedicated their lives to making America great.

I just signed a petition to tell Governor Palin to apologize for her  disparaging remarks about community organizers -- I hope you will too.

Please have a look and take action.


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Scot Evans

Assistant Professor, Educational and Psychological StudiesUniversity of Miami

Dr. Evans joined the EPS faculty at the University of Miami in August, 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Community Research and Action at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 2005. He has a…


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