Why Community Organizing

Why community organizing? Because in the words of Fredrick Douglass, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

Bread & Roses Community Fund envisions a new Philadelphia region where economic justice, equality, and opportunity are available to all people. Laws and public policy reflect a commitment to economic and racial justice and an end to discrimination on the basis of race, income, class, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

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Image credit: Roger Peet, Justseeds

To achieve this vision, Bread & Roses motivates people who want to make change to contribute as much money as they can to build an infrastructure that permanently supports direct action community organizing.

Bread & Roses understands community organizing as:

  • a way to train communities to organize themselves for change which will help build a movement that can identify and eliminate the root causes of injustice
  • a strategy to help those directly affected by a problem to gain a sense of their own power and permanently alter the relationship between people and government and corporations
  • not often funded by other foundations or individual donors, leaving a unique role for Bread & Roses to fill

Learn more about direct action community organizing here and read a definition of social justice here

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