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and other community-building organizations are strapped for resources and, as a result,
can barely attain modest programmatic results in fairly narrowly deﬁned arenas. Yet these
thousands of organizations, staffed by millions of workers, is a potentially powerful
network for achieving signiﬁcant change. Viewed in this light, investment in their capacity
is a critical step toward promoting true democracy, social justice, and racial equity.
Racial equity goals also nudge all strands of the community-building ﬁeld toward a
paradigm that assumes that civic capacities deserve equal priority to functional ones.
23. Institute for Democratic Renewal and Project Change Anti-Racism Initiative, A Community Builder’s Tool Kit
(Claremont, Calif.: Institute for Democratic Renewal, Claremont Graduate Center, n.d.). See also Hedy Nai-Lin
Chang, Community Building and Diversity: Principles for Action (Oakland, Calif.: California Tomorrow, 1997).
24. Alice O’Connor, “Swimming against the Tide,” in Urban Problems and Community Development, ed. Ronald F.
Ferguson and William T. Dickens (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institute, 1999). 37 Broadly, this means accessing and participating in the policymaking and governance
processes that allocate pu...
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