Community Organizing in Philly and New York

Publisher:  Be Freedom
Date Written:  05/09/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21645

A look back at the NY and Philadelphia community activist groups White Lighting, O4O, Standing Up Angry, Young Patriots, and what can be learned towards building compelling and viable alternatives to the Right.


Excerpt: White Lightning used the direct service model combined with anti-racist, anti-war, and radical politics characteristic of other white working class efforts inspired by the Black Panthers. Based in the Bronx, White Lightning matched community self-help for drug addicts with opposition to the so-called war on drugs, which they rightly understood as a war on the poor.

Like O4O, White Lightning faced the rise of the early new right. In Philly, it was conservative Democrat Rizzo. In New York, it was liberal Republican Nelson D. Rockefeller and his campaign to ramp up incarceration as the answer to drugs.
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