ERIC Number: ED244014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Planned Social Change: The Case of the Fresno Organizing Project.
Abbott, Linda M. C.
Social change on behalf of the disadvantaged in a neighborhood or community can be achieved through various types of change agents, models, and approaches. One of the most effective models was developed by Saul Alinsky, a well-known American community organizer, and it was this model that provided the theoretical framework for the development of the Fresno Organizing Project (FOP) in 1982. The Project is an alliance of many labor, church, and community groups, formed to help the disadvantaged in Fresno, particularly in the areas of housing and schools. The purpose of the organization is to effect change through specific strategies and goals, to assist community members to take action on their own behalf, and to perpetuate the organization as a viable organizing tool. Technical development and leadership training was provided by the Organize Training Center (OTC) in San Francisco as FOP began to develop. Since then, significant gains have been recorded by the organization in terms of community services, political action on behalf of minorities and the peace movement, and funding. A strong membership base has been developed, and leadership training is ongoing. Evaluations of the organizations' activities are conducted both formally and informally, and indicate that FOP's adherence to the Alinsky-type model is quite close. (CJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fresno Organizing Project CA
Note: Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Association of Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies (12th, February 1984).