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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Integrating Civic Engagement

Integrating Civic Engagement

(p.278) 31 Integrating Civic Engagement
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers ways of doing important and effective civic engagement work. As democratic forces for social change, worker centers engage their members in civic life. They amplify workers voices in the community and force elected leaders to take workers and their concerns seriously through civic engagement. This chapter looks at examples of worker centers involved in civic engagement work, including the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights, Voces de la Frontera, Workers Center for Racial Justice, Casa de Maryland, and Make the Road. It also explains what civic engagement is and discusses the benefits of civic engagement to worker centers, the importance of data in a civic engagement program, challenges in running a civic engagement program, and funding sources for civic engagement.

Keywords:   worker center, civic engagement, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights, Voces de la Frontera, Workers Center for Racial Justice, Casa de Maryland, Make the Road, data, funding

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