Individuals or groups join together to recognize their own needs and choose their kinds of action to address those needs, referred to as community action. One of its most important features is that it recognizes that mobilization is the duty of a larger social network of individuals and organizations working together to effect positive change, rather than just those directly impacted by an issue. Mobilizing the community to offer local services, lobby for the policy or legal changes, or raise awareness of a problem are all examples of community action. The majority of the action takes place on a local level, and it frequently occurs outside of the usual political structure.
Historically, the term "community" has been used to describe groups of people living and working in the same geographical area. However, the term "community" is frequently used to refer to any group, large or small, that shares a common value, interest, or trait. Communities can exist across local and national borders, and an increasing number of online communities rely only on the internet to communicate and mobilize.
In the context of community action, the term "community" refers to a collection of individuals or organizations who join together to address a specific issue or set of concerns and who have a desire to effect change. This might be in connection to the interests of particular groups, such as sex workers or gay men's wives, or it could be about concerns like virginity testing or sexual harassment.