Alinskyian organizing

Do You think they are kidding? Alinsky’s Demonic Ends Aspired

By John B. Manos / June 10, 2016 /

The Forum has been warning people about Alinsky for over twenty years. I saw this floating around on the Internets and it’s a good summary of the many things we discuss from time to time. Regular and long time readers will recognize it, but is there more? I am always amazed at the disconnect that seems…

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Catholics Funding “System Change” – CCHD money supporting Soviet Workforce Training

By Stephanie Block / October 4, 2015 /

Catholic Campaign for Human Development supports government takeover of education   It’s helpful to examine what the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is funding in a given locality.  Such an examination provides a small cross-section, with very concrete examples, of where its progressive political advocacy is headed. In the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, CCHD grants,…

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Why Not Give to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development?

By Stephanie Block / September 12, 2015 /

Hasn’t it undergone a major overhaul recently? When asked to explain, in a nutshell, why a Catholic might continue to oppose the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection, despite recent protestations that the CCHD has put its house in order, there are four solid responses: CCHD continues to make grants to organizations that…

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Agents of Death: The Alinskyian Effort to Manage Your Life’s End

By Stephanie Block / July 14, 2015 /

Change agents hope to transform end-of-life care with “new” values   Journalist Ellen Goodman was a 2015 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care keynote speaker for The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC).  She addressed the room of professionals in their personal capacity, “as mothers, as fathers, as sons, as daughters, as well as change agents…

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Using Social Justice Alliances to Subvert Catholic Principles

By Stephanie Block / June 17, 2015 /

Frontal assault is not the best way to bring down a religious establishment.  That only creates martyrs and underground resistance.  Minimizing religious values, however, while elevating political ones is much more effective and, when the religious establishment cooperates with the process, it withers like a vestigial organ. Two examples – one from a predominantly Catholic and one…

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CCHD 2014-2015 …with a sobering look at a New Mexico PICO grantee, CAFÉ

By Stephanie Block / January 19, 2015 /

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an annual collection that is touted to “help the poor” but has actually been a steady source of revenue for Alinskyian organizing and other progressive, political activity, recently released its 2014-2015 grant list. It’s a doozy. As has been the trend since scandal forced the collection to withhold…

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Truth in Advertising: Promoting the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in Chicago

By Stephanie Block / November 5, 2014 /

One long-standing complaint about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an annual Catholic “poverty” appeal, is that it has consistently misrepresented its work to the people from whom it solicits donations. CCHD exists to create progressive social change. An analysis of CCHD’s nation-wide 2013-2014 grants – using the most recent information available 1 –…

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CCHD 2013-2014: Hasn’t the Catholic Campaign for Human Development improved? Not even a little…?

By Stephanie Block / October 14, 2014 /

New year; new grants list…and as has happened several times before, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has claimed to have undergone a major reform overhaul. CCHD Reform Started Right Here The first CCHD reform was provoked by a 1997 Wanderer Forum Foundation analysis and commentary of the Campaign that demonstrated the CHD was spending…

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Manipulating the Religious Landscape

By Stephanie Block / September 30, 2014 /

Not everyone is happy about a recent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life study that finds a growing number Americans want religion to play a role in U.S. politics.i  One syndicated columnist rather hysterically likened the trend to the Taliban’s stoning of women for failure to wear “proper” head covering. “What in the world…

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Controlled Burn, Alinskyian organizing, and Common Core (Book Review)

By Stephanie Block / February 18, 2014 /

Controlled Burn Alinskyian organizing and Common Core: A Book Review of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform By Mark R. Warren, Karen L. Mapp, and the Community Organizing and School Reform Project, Oxford University Press (2011) The title of this book, A Match on Dry Grass, is a…

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