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04 September 2008 @ 12:18 pm
What community organizers do  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_organizing

Short answer: whatever needs to be done.

(In response to Palin's jab last night that it's kind of like being a mayor except a mayor has actual responsibilities.)

ETA:



This guy is funny, and right on the mark! Perfect antidote if you are still steaming after the lies you heard last night.

ETA: More about Obama's community organizing experience With thanks to eastbayted

Excerpt:

Giuliani last night: "On the other hand, you have a resume from a gifted man with an Ivy League education. He worked as a community organizer. What? He worked -- I said -- I said, OK, OK, maybe this is the first problem on the resume."

Palin last night: I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.

Now, the truth is that, starting at age 23, Obama ran a faith-based charity called the Developing Communities Project.

It was made up of eight Catholic parishes when he got there and had one staff member. He was its director, meaning he was in charge. He made decisions about it, including staffing, budgets, etc. And when he left in 1988 to go to law school, he had grown its budget from $70,000 to $400,000, its staff from 1 to 13 people. More important, he created a job training program for this community and a college prep tutoring program.

As mayor, she built a hockey rink/rec center using eminent domain (because apparently there just isn't enough land in Alaska).

And keep in mind the timeline here: Obama did this as a young man BEFORE going to law school, becoming a successful lawyer and a law professor.
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