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Obama. Community Organizer.
many ^ | May 24, 2008 | vanity

Posted on 05/24/2008 7:38:42 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

After working at Business International Corporation (a company that provided international business information to corporate clients) and NYPIRG, Obama moved to Chicago in 1985. There, he worked as a community organizer with low-income residents in Chicago's Roseland community and the Altgeld Gardens public housing development on the city's South Side.

It was during this time that Obama, who said he "was not raised in a religious household," joined the Trinity United Church of Christ. He also visited relatives in Kenya, which included an emotional visit to the graves of his father and paternal grandfather.

Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988. In February 1990, he was elected the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. Obama graduated magna cum laude in 1991.

After law school, Obama returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer, joining the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School. And he helped organize voter registration drives during Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.

http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=12782369&page=3

Roseland, located on the far south side of the city, is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois. It includes the neighborhoods of Fernwood, Princeton Park and Roseland. Roseland was settled in the 1840s by Dutch immigrants who called the area "de Hooge Prairie", the high prairie because it was built on higher, drier ground than another Dutch settlement several miles further south in the Little Calumet River swamps which they called "de Laage Prairie", the low prairie. That community became South Holland, Illinois and it received an influx of Roseland residents during the white flight of the mid-20th century. Roseland supplied some workers to the Pullman car factory in neighboring Pullman, Chicago.

The much lauded mural "I Welcome Myself to a New Place: Roseland Pullman Mural," by Olivia Gude, Jon Pounds, and Marcus Jefferson, 1988, was designed to unite the predominantly African American community of Roseland with its nearest neighbor, the predominantly white Pullman community.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseland,_Chicago

The following values are represented as an index, where the value 100 represents the national average. Below AverageAbove Average Total Houshold Expenditure 67 Contributions 60 Insurance 61 Clothing 68 Education 73 Entertainment 64 Food 70 Health Care 70 Household Furnishings 62 Shelter 67 Household Operations 62 Other 69 Personal Care 68 Reading 67 Tobacco 77 Transportation 64 Utilities 72 Gifts 62

http://homes.point2.com/Neighborhood/US/Illinois/Cook-County/Chicago/Roseland-Demographics.aspx

Population Total Population 35715 Male Population 15527 (43.47 %) Female Population 20187 (56.52 %) Percent Change Since 1990 -11.0 % Percent Change Since 2000 4.0 % Density (Persons per sq. mile) 14704.85 Median Age 30.92

http://homes.point2.com/Neighborhood/US/Illinois/Cook-County/Chicago/Roseland-Demographics.aspx

Has there been any progress in Roseland?

ddawzz Junior Member

Join Date: Jan 2008 1 posts, read 292 times Reputation: 10 ddawzz is on a distinguished road Default Has there been any progress in Roseland? Hi, I am thinking about moving to the Roseland community. I just moved back from Indaina and about ten years ago Roseland was not an area you wanted to be in at night if you get my drift. I have heard some good things about the area now and I hear that they are really trying to clean uo the streets. My question is has there been any progress in the community? I will not move my children in a community that is high in crime, low school scores, or no opportunities.

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Old 01-14-2008, 02:40 PM skye1974 DeceiveInveigleObfuscate

Join Date: Aug 2007 366 posts, read 68,745 times Reputation: 60 skye1974 will become famous soon enoughskye1974 will become famous soon enough Default Quote: Originally Posted by ddawzz View Post Hi, I am thinking about moving to the Roseland community. I just moved back from Indaina and about ten years ago Roseland was not an area you wanted to be in at night if you get my drift. I have heard some good things about the area now and I hear that they are really trying to clean uo the streets. My question is has there been any progress in the community? I will not move my children in a community that is high in crime, low school scores, or no opportunities. I wouldn't. It's still a very depressed area with high crime. Take a drive around at about 4 pm (in the spring or summer) and you will see it hasn't changed much.

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Old 01-14-2008, 04:43 PM Drover Resist viral ignorance.

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Old 01-21-2008, 03:32 AM misspetite Member

Join Date: Jan 2008 54 posts, read 11,598 times Reputation: 16 misspetite is on a distinguished road Default I visited on Friday and I think it's worst now versus 15 years ago. I was on the strip and so many stores are vacant and closed down.

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Old 02-15-2008, 03:15 PM Love Cobb Senior Member

Join Date: Feb 2008 141 posts, read 25,670 times Reputation: 19 Love Cobb is on a distinguished road Default Oh I remember shopping at this ragedy store called Gatelys with my Aunt back in the 70's in Roseland. She lived at 111th and Parnell and Fenger High was down the street. I think my sister went to Burnside Elem back in the 60's. All this was when the whites were fleeing and blacks were moving in. My sister was like one of only a handful of black children in her class picture, too funny! Haven't been any where near Roseland in years, just brought back memories.

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http://www.city-data.com/forum/chicago/233198-has-there-been-any-progress-roseland.html

As a community organizer, how does he rate?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2008; democratparty; democrats; election; elections; obama; obamatruthfile; organizer; roseland

1 posted on 05/24/2008 7:38:43 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

“Community organizer”

About as important as me organizing my spice cabinet or my collection of Popular Mechanics magazines.


2 posted on 05/24/2008 7:43:09 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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To: Jet Jaguar

“Community organizer”

About as important as me organizing my spice cabinet or my collection of Popular Mechanics magazines.


3 posted on 05/24/2008 7:43:43 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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To: Jet Jaguar

ACORN: Labor’s Ally Is a Bad Seed
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=19737


4 posted on 05/24/2008 7:45:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary or Obama can!)
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To: Jet Jaguar
And of course we know that he turned that community into paradise.

As a matter of fact, if he gets elected, he wants the whole country to look like South Chicago.

5 posted on 05/24/2008 7:51:50 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: garyhope
“Community organizer”

I think that's one of those "code" titles that seems innocuous enough but probably involves some really dirty work.

After all, it politics, and he is a politician.

6 posted on 05/24/2008 7:52:43 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Maybe the stories are out there and I've missed them, but I never seem to read comments from Obama’s college teachers, law school profs or former classmates.
7 posted on 05/24/2008 7:55:33 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is America's George Galloway?)
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To: garyhope

I thought he organized Wednesday bingo night at the Y for seniors.


8 posted on 05/24/2008 7:59:48 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: garyhope

I think it needs to yelled from a mountaintop.

“Hey Obama! Go out and organize a community!”

It means nothing,

just like Obamas’ accomplishments.


9 posted on 05/24/2008 8:00:31 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Maybe he organized the community so that it could more effectively fulfill its promise as a stinking, festering hellhole.





Probably did a fine job of it, too. ;)
10 posted on 05/24/2008 8:12:02 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad
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To: Jet Jaguar
I read in one source, and one source only, that Obama was a "community organizer" for ACORN. Is that true? ACORN has been involved in criminal vote fraud in several states, with other trials still pending. The worst case was in Ohio (?) where an ACORN state organizer traded heroin for fake registrations.

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11 posted on 05/24/2008 8:17:42 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ( www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Jet Jaguar
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12 posted on 05/24/2008 8:20:21 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Jet Jaguar
Obama met Wright in 1988-89 about the same time he met Michelle. ( I'm betting he was introduced to Wright by Michelle).
Her didn't join Trinity until just about the time he got married in 1992.
13 posted on 05/24/2008 8:23:38 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: stylin19a

It’s out there.

Keep looking.


14 posted on 05/24/2008 8:26:13 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Jet Jaguar
I have some knowledge of PIRG in roughly the same time frame as Obama's involvement. We are talking the brainchildren of Ralph Nader. Although the PIRG's get funding from mandatory student fees and are SUPPOSED to be the students' political operation, in fact the PIRGs were dominated by left wing professional staff. The PIRG's pursued a radical environmental agenda, especially anti-nuclear power, that was basically spoon fed by Nader (who had his own non-student PIRG.

If Obama was anything like the PIRG staff I interacted with, they were arrogant left wing professionals who treated the students paying their salaries like little children.

I ended up having zero respect for Nader, and I despised the kooky left wing professional staffers.

15 posted on 05/24/2008 9:20:16 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Williams

Thanks for the post.


16 posted on 05/24/2008 9:22:11 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

He also was involved with ACORN before going to law school and after.


17 posted on 05/24/2008 9:25:08 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( Broken Glass Republican -- http://democratsforsale.blogspot.com/ -- JUST SAY NO to OBAMA)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Absolutely.

"Community Organizers" like Al Sharpton are thugs who stir up an unjustified anger in the mobs they create.

What good has Obama done for his "community?"

Nothing.

He has done NOTHING good for race relations in the slightest.

In fact, he has done quite the opposite.

Punks like Obama and Wright have stirred up anger in the black community toward white people.

And they did it without any fair, logical or rational justification.

They stirred up black anger to sell some racist books and make some cash.

They are despicable.

18 posted on 05/24/2008 9:40:31 PM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: Prole

You’re preaching to the choir, there.


19 posted on 05/24/2008 9:53:43 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Why can't Americans recognize the facts?

It's times like these that make me feel like I am living in a world gone completely mad.

20 posted on 05/25/2008 12:09:10 AM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: All

From Dreams of My Father, “ I FOUND A SOLACE IN NURSING A PERVASIVE SENSE OF GRIEVANCE AND ANIMOSITY AGAINST MY MOTHER’S RACE”.

From ‘Dreams of my Father’, “THE EMOTION BETWEEN THE RACES COULD NEVER BE PURE...THE OTHER RACE WOULD ALWAYS REMAIN JUST THAT; MENACING, ALIEN AND APART.”

From ‘Dreams of My Father’,
“I CEASED TO ADVERTISE MY MOTHER’S RACE AT THE AGE OF 12 OR 13, WHEN I BEGAN TO SUSPECT THAT BY DOING SO I WAS INGRATIATING MYSELF TO WHITES.”

From Dreams Of My Father, “NEVER EMULATE THE WHITE MEN and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. IT WAS INTO MY FATHER’S IMAGE, THE BLACK MAN, SON OF AFRICA, THAT I’D PACKED ALL THE ATTRIBUTES I SOUGHT IN MYSELF”.

From Dreams Of My Father:
“THAT HATE HADN’T GONE AWAY,” he wrote, BLAMING “WHITE PEOPLE— some cruel, some IGNORANT, sometimes a single face, sometimes just a faceless image of a system claiming power over our lives.”

From Dreams Of My Father;
“There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs,” he wrote. “IT REMAINED NECESSARY TO PROVE WHICH SIDE YOU WERE ON, TO SHOW YOUR LOYALTY TO THE BLACK MASSES, TO STRIKE OUT, AND NAME NAMES. “

From Dreams Of My Father, “I HAD GROWN ACCUSTOMED , everywhere, TO SUSPICIONS BETWEEN THE RACES.”

Quote from Barack Obama’s book, Dreams Of My Father:
“THE PERSON WHO MADE ME PROUDEST OF ALL, though, was [HALF BROTHER ] ROY .. HE CONVERTED TO ISLAM” .

From ‘Dreams of my Father’, “IN INDONESIA, I HAD SPENT TWO YEARS AT A MUSLIM SCHOOL.”
“I STUDIED THE KORAN.”

From ‘Audacity of Hope: “LOLO (Obama’s step father) FOLLOWED .. ISLAM...” “I LOOKED TO LOLO FOR GUIDANCE”.

From ‘The Audacity Of Hope, “I WILL STAND WITH THE MUSLIMS SHOULD THE POLITICAL WINDS SHIFT IN AN UGLY DIRECTION.”

From The Audacity Of Hope, “WE ARE NO LONGER just A CHRISTIAN NATION..We ARE also a Jewish nation, A MUSLIM NATION, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”
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21 posted on 05/25/2008 2:33:29 AM PDT by cyberella
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To: Prole
It's times like these that make me feel like I am living in a world gone completely mad.

Americans DO recognize the facts. What you see is an image -- a propagandist offering carefully crafted to leverage the fringe that exist in any population.

That's why the times feel weird: because the media images contradict what everyone knows is reality.

22 posted on 05/25/2008 6:01:20 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Here are two articles that go into some detail about Senator Obama's "community organizer" background:

   Obama’s Account of New York Years Often Differs From What Others Say (New York Times)

   Barack Obama's unlikely political education. (The New Republic)

I didn't realize that he was such a student of Alinsky that he actually taught others on the subject:

Obama's self-conception as an organizer isn't just a campaign gimmick. Organizing remained central to Obama long after his stint on the South Side. In the 13 years between Obama's return to Chicago from law school and his Senate campaign, he was deeply involved with the city's constellation of community-organizing groups. He wrote about the subject. He attended organizing seminars. He served on the boards of foundations that support community organizing. He taught Alinsky's concepts and methods in workshops. When he first ran for office in 1996, he pledged to bring the spirit of community organizing to his job in the state Senate. And, after he was elected to the U.S. Senate, his wife, Michelle, told a reporter, "Barack is not a politician first and foremost. He's a community activist exploring the viability of politics to make change." Recalling her remark in 2005, Obama wrote, "I take that observation as a compliment."

By defining himself as a "community organizer" above all else, Obama is linking himself to America's radical democratic tradition and presenting himself as an heir to a particular political style and methodology that, at least superficially, contrasts sharply with the candidate Obama has become.

(Above is from the New Republic article, with my emphasis added).

I would be unsurprised if Senator Obama gets McGovern-like numbers in the general election.

I don't think that there is a lot to appeal to anyone who is not on the extreme left-wing; while the Democrat party clearly has such a wing active in this electoral season, I don't think that it is going to be much of a factor in the general election.

23 posted on 05/25/2008 6:50:30 AM PDT by snowsislander
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To: snowsislander

Thanks for the links.


24 posted on 05/25/2008 7:54:16 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thanx...I can’t find the article (written before Obma becoming OBAMA) showing the time line in narrative form.
I’m betting the only reason Wright was Barack’s pastor was because Wright was Michelle’s pastor first.


25 posted on 05/25/2008 11:40:47 AM PDT by stylin19a
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To: the invisib1e hand
How I pray that you are right.

I truly fear that if Obama wins, then our Republic will be transformed into a third-world toilet with Islamic terrorists coming here for Beslan style attacks.

All the while, Obama's thought police will label Conservative talk radio as hate speech, and put many of us bloggers into prison.

26 posted on 05/25/2008 2:37:05 PM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: Prole
How I pray that you are right. I truly fear that if Obama wins, then our Republic will be transformed into a third-world toilet with Islamic terrorists coming here for Beslan style attacks. All the while, Obama's thought police will label Conservative talk radio as hate speech, and put many of us bloggers into prison.

The whole idea behind American government is to protect the republic from being undone by a president off the deep end. The only way it can happen is if citizens don't exercise self-goverment.

Granted, we haven't done so very well in recent generations, and Bill Clinton did a lot to reduce the will of the people in America. I think some of what you fear would be barely the remotest possibility in a two term presidency under normal conditions; however, with Clinton having laid the groundwork, and being in a post 9-11 world, there is much to be concerned about (but not as much as you express, imho).

Maybe when we remember our brave Vets in a special way tomorrow, we can ask ourselves, if you'll pardon the citation, "what can we do for our country," and have the courage to live the answer?

27 posted on 05/25/2008 3:11:15 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
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To: Prole

Sorry, America managed to survive some socialist scums before. FDR, Possum Man Carter, “The Commander-in-Heat”.

I hope an Obanination Presidency does not happen, but America will be here when Obama is gone.

Hopefully, Nov. 3 will prove me right.


28 posted on 05/25/2008 3:14:59 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Just reviewing this subject for posterity...


29 posted on 02/03/2011 10:02:00 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: DBeers

Nodding.


30 posted on 02/03/2011 10:14:15 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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