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January 20, 1985|SAM HALL KAPLAN

While greed, hate and violence tend to grab headlines and be highlighted on the evening news, charity, compassion and neighborliness persevere and, in fact, are increasing, at least according to activist author Harry C. Hoyte. In Community Is Possible: Repairing America's Roots (Harper & Row: $14.95), Hoyte contends that a new populism is occurring across America, fed by, among other things, neighborhood organizations, consumer movements, rural protest, self-help projects and simply the concern and good works of individuals. Various efforts are documented as Hoyte strains to be optimistic, broadcasting small victories of hope in a continuing war to offer our less-privileged citizens and communities some security and dignity.

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