I’m here in NYC at the Housing Works Advocacy summit. We just finished a nice BBQ lunch with some excellent food and good company. I had to get up at 4:40 am to catch Amtrak but it’s worth it becuse it’s been a really interesting day.

We’ve been discussing community organizing and policy initiatives, both local and national. How do we engage people in activism? What initiatives do we prioritize? These are the two major questions involved in activism and the answers change constantly (especially when your organization is being successful). Another important question an organization needs to ask itself is whether it wants to build a community coalition around the issue or if it wants to operate it’s own agenda.