Alinsky's approach has influenced an entire generation of organizerswho adapted his principles, but retained a core of practices and assumptionswe will explore later. The practice of the Alinsky model has built powerfulorganizations and produced visible victories across the country: Back ofthe Yards and TWO in Chicago, SECO in Baltimore, FIGHT in Rochester, MACOin Detroit, ACORN in Little Rock, ETCO in Toledo, and COPS in San Antonio,among others. These organizations have in some cases saved entire communitiesfrom destruction and produced influential leaders who have gone on to changethe face of the public sphere.


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