New York Times:
A career in community organizing never looked so good

Quinn Rallins, 23, graduated magna cum laude last year from Morehouse College with a dual major in international studies and Spanish. This spring, Mr. Rallins is finishing his master’s degree in comparative social policy at Oxford. He has analyzed research for the Rand Corporation in England, led workshops in Malaysia for Amnesty International and founded an organization to help orphans in the Dominican Republic.

His next step? Top financial and technology companies and nonprofit groups have expressed interest in hiring him. Even in this economy, he has options. But Mr. Rallins wants to be a community organizer — just like the world’s most famous one, Barack Obama.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Sherman Park residents unite to bolster neighborhood from ground up

Residents, along with several congregations and the president of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-St. Joseph hospital, took center stage earlier this month before a standing-room-only crowd of 175 in an auditorium at the hospital under the banner of Common Ground.

The residents expressed their commitment to the neighborhood, their hopes for the future and outlined for three invited aldermen and police officials a list of "action steps" they want taken. They're small steps – improved lighting, safety and signs. But they also made clear that it's just the beginning of what is turning out to be a well-organized effort.