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Michael Gecan. Hired by residents to help them save their community, he and local leaders spend more than a decade wrestling New York politicians in an impassioned effort against all odds that brings in five thousand new homes. From bad behavior by Ed Koch to complicated negotiations with Rudy Giuliani, Gecan tells the inside story of how the city really works, and how any organized group of citizens can wield power in seemingly unmovable bureaucracies.
Gecan's unwavering vision of the value of public action has roots in a rough childhood in Chicago, where he witnessed extortion by the mob and a tragic fire in his Catholic grade school that left ninety-two children and three nuns dead.
In his inspiring story of the will to claim the full benefits of citizenship, Gecan offers unforgettable lessons that every American should know: What is the best way to talk to politicians?
What resources do all communities need to create change? What kinds of public actions really work? Going Public is at once pragmatic and profound. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey. The Habit of Relating. All Real Living Is Meeting. Citizenship in Latin America Joseph S.
Going Public: An Organizer’s Guide to Citizen Action (Gecan)
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The philosophy and methods described in Going Public not only work, but are congruent with core Christian values. Christian leaders who are struggling to articulate why and how the church might improve the quality of life in their communities will find the help they need in Going Public. Michael Gecan is a veteran community organizer who works with the Industrial Areas Foundation. For more than 25 years, he has birthed citizen organizations in urban areas and taught them how to recognize, engage and reorient the power structure of their cities. The results are impressive.