Current discussions about prefigurative politics bring back warm and reflective memories for former SNCC organizer Mike Miller. He discusses SNCC’s beloved community and its strategic dilemmas.
Mike Miller attended UC 1954-58 and 1960-62. He was the founding chairman of SLATE, a campus political party that was a precursor to the Free Speech Movement. He was a field secretary for SNCC, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1962-end of 1966. In 1972, he founded and became executive director of ORGANIZE Training Center, which has been his base of operations ever since. He is the author of A Community Organizer’s Tale: People and Power in San Francisco, Community Organizing: A Brief Introduction, and numerous articles on organizing; co-author of The People Fight Back: Building A Tenant Union; and co-editor of the forthcoming People Power: The Community Organizing Tradition of Saul Alinsky.