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Helene Slessarev-Jamir

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741238

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741238.001.0001

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Organizing in Borderlands Communities

Organizing in Borderlands Communities

(p.67) 3 Organizing in Borderlands Communities
Prophetic Activism

Helene Slessarev-Jamir

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the distinctive legacy of Catholic social action and the entrance of Latin American liberative models of praxis into community organizing in the late 1970s. By the 1970s, organizers of congregational-based communities were constructing new paradigms, drawing from both the civil rights movement's legacy and Catholic social justice traditions, especially the emergence of Latin American liberation theology. Congregational-based organizing is now grounded in the use of popular education models, which are particularly appropriate to the cultural predispositions of borderlands people. Indeed, for people living in marginalized communities who become leaders in congregational organizing, the use of popular education leads them to an awareness of the root cause of the ills affecting their communities, of God's commitment to justice, and of their own capacity to transform their collective well-being.

Keywords:   Catholic social action, congregational-based communities, Latin American liberation theology, congregational organizing, popular education models, marginalized communities

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