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People Power: The Community Organizing Tradition of Saul Alinsky

People Power: The Community Organizing Tradition of Saul Alinsky


Wednesday, September 9
7:00 PM
IRLE Building
2521 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA

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People Power: The Community Organizing Tradition of Saul Alinsky weaves classic texts, interviews and context-setting essays by the editors into a comprehensive history and analytic commentary on Saul Alinsky and the group of organizers around him from 1955 to 1980.

In 1970, Time Magazine called Alinsky a “prophet of power to the people,” someone who “has possibly antagonized more people…than any other living American.”

Bob Moses, Mississippi field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, calls the book “indispensible…” and “an important part of the discussion we must have in this country if we are to have any real democracy.”

Sanford Horwitt, Alinsky biographer, tells us “the editors reveal why the Alinsky organizing tradition remains relevant in our contemporary world.”

About the speaker:
Mike Miller was a leader in the pre-1960s student movement at UC Berkeley, a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee field secretary, and director of an Alinsky community organizing project in Kansas City, MO. He has taught at UC Berkeley, Stanford, University of Wisconsin, San Francisco State, Hayward State and Lone Mountain College. He writes widely about labor and community organizing. He now directs the ORGANIZE Training Center.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Sandy Olgeirson at or 510-642-4072.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, and the UC Berkeley Labor Center.

Funding for this event was provided by Kaiser Permanente.