The Myth of Community Control
“It was on the issue of community
control that the radical nationalists were most critical of the
organization. … It sought negotiated agreements with dominant political
and economic institutions. … the centrist and liberal nationalists
simply wanted their piece of the pie ,,, and the system, under pressure,
could respond to that. The radical nationalists wanted not only to have a
modified fair share of the pie, but to determine the ingredients that made
it up, who the baker would be, and how the baker, the bakery workers, and
the consumers of the pie would bake, cut, and eat it.
policy and the ‘free market’ can be influenced by the collective
action of large numbers of people lobbying, voting, negotiating,
boycotting, striking, disrupting, or otherwise using tools available to
them to affect policy. … But ‘community control’ was not one of
those tools.” (174-5)
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER'S TALE by Mike Miller, Berkeley:Heyday Books, 2009.
CSCO believes this is the best book on organizing. Miller has been with
CSCO for many years.
Community Organizing Today