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Community organizing is a process where people who live in proximity to each other come together into an organization that acts in their shared self-interest.

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now protest (Richir).

Community organizing is a process where people who live in proximity to each other come together into an organization that acts in their shared self-interest.

Unlike those who promote more-consensual community building, community organizers generally assume that social change necessarily involves conflict and social struggle in order to generate collective power for the powerless. A core goal of community organizing is to generate durable power for an organization representing the community, allowing it to influence key decision-makers on a range of issues over time. In the ideal, for example, this can get community organizing groups a place at the table before important decisions are made. Community organizers work with and develop new local leaders, facilitating coalitions and assisting in the development of campaigns.