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Deciding to Organize

Directed by Peter Pearson and Bonnie Sherr Klein
Canada, 1968 (documentary, 34 minutes, black and white, English)
Deciding to Organize
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"From the The Alinsky Approach: Organizing for Power series, this film shows a group of concerned citizens from Dayton, Ohio, meeting and consulting Saul Alinsky on the means of creating an effective organization."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Barrie Howells, John Kemeny
Film Editing: Roger Hart
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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"[Deciding to Organize] shows [Saul] Alinsky interpreting his approach to a potential sponsor group in Dayton, and members of this group struggling to decide whether it wants the IAF [Industrial Areas Foundation]. [...] We observe Alinksy in an initial stage of organizing -- he is attempting to undermine rationalizations for inactivity and testing the group for its willingness to accept the ethical and tactical consequences of his approach to organizing -- his anecdote about ruining the Ku Klux Klan leader in Texas, which he would do again, is just such a test."
-- Peter Katadotis (source)

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