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Unformatted text preview: l agenda of powerful elites . Yet, policy can be a force for change-especially when we bring our base and community
organizing into the process. In essence, policies are the codification of power relationships and resource allocation. Policies are the rules of the
world we live in. Changing the world means changing the rules. So, if organizing is about changing the rules and building power, how
can organizing be separated from policies? Can we really speak truth to power, fight the right, stop corporate abuses, or win racial justice
without contesting the rules and the rulers, the policies and the policymakers? The answer is no-and double no for people of
color. Today, racism subtly dominates nearly every aspect of policymaking. From ballot propositions to city funding priorities, policy is increasingly
about the control, de-funding, and disfranchisement of communities of color. Take the public conversation about welfare reform, for example. Most of us know it isn't
really about putting peop...
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