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Saul Alinsky

American community organizer and writer

1909   -   1972

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country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: University of Chicago
occupation: activist, writer, sociologist, trade unionist, human rights activist, community organizer
award received: Pacem in Terris Award

Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community activist and political theorist. His work through the Chicago-based Industrial Areas Foundation helping poor communities organize to press demands upon landlords, politicians and business leaders won him national recognition and notoriety. Responding to the impatience of a New Left generation of activists in the 1960s, in his widely cited Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer (1971) Alinsky defended the arts both of confrontation and of compromise involved in community organizing as keys to the struggle for social justice.
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