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Michael Gecan

Michael Gecan, an organizer with Industrial Areas Foundation for over 25 years, is author of After America’s Midlife Crisis and Going Public.

The community development industry has failed in the fight for fair housing. Despite claiming to involve residents, power and self-interest still have the final say.

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The only antidote to despair over national politics will be to generate and expand new solutions at local, state, and regional levels.

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The calculus of power isn’t defined by hits or clicks or tweets. It is measured in relationships and meaningful reactions over time.

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Lessons from a community organizer on building political power.

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Cities can make decisions. Cities can set their own priorities. Cities can resist the self-interested categories of those with extraordinary wealth.

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American education used to be locally controlled and highly pragmatic. Not anymore.

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Isn’t the whole national political scene just so depressing?

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Contempt for religion costs Democrats more than votes.

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Urban decline moves to the suburbs

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Policy wonks, patronage, and the possibilities of the grassroots

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The Chicago way of doing politics.

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My quarrel is not with Gilens’s insights, but the premise of his argument.

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Ordinary people have proven that they can access political life.

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