Community Organizer: A Story of Community Organizing in London

Community Organizer: A Story of Community Organizing in London

by Tony Thomas

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WHERE is the community heading? Does this matter to you? WHAT is the political history of Black London over the last twenty years? WHO are the key players in Black community politics in the UK? HOW can we make links with the Big Boys--the Obamas, the Jacksons and the Sharptons? Community Organizer addresses these questions through the ideas of someone who has BEEN THERE and DONE THAT - Tony Thomas. His story from inner city life, through political, cultural, Afrocentric and Marxist education, to setting up Hip Hop Generation UK, to organizing events with the Big Boys is all here. The book reads like a Who's Who of Black London and beyond. The book also tells a political history of Black London that you are not going to read anywhere else. Community organising is not a new set of practices in African diaspora communities in Britain. This is because, African heritage communities in the Caribbean, and also Britain, have a long and distinguished history of organizing against injustice, particularly against racialized oppressions. This book by Tony Thomas is a community organising autobiography. It details his journey into, and experience of community organising in London. It is a candid and frank account of the difficulties of organizing, and the slow pace of progress. Tony's insider privilege sheds new light on the dynamics of organising, far removed from the academic writing on community organising, which often systematises and serialises the rough and tumble of community level social change. As such, this book fills in the gaps often missed by other researchers in this field. This book will be of special interest to both activists and researchers seeking to better understand how to mobilise communities and agitate for a fairer society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781533449597
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/25/2016
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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