Building the Power to Create Change

Buy securely online, now! Pre-order from today!Tools for Radical Democracy: How to Organize for Power in Your Community
(Jossey-Bass / Kim Klein's Chardon Press)
 is an essential resource for grassroots organizers and leaders, students of activism and advocacy, and anyone trying to increase the civic participation of ordinary people. Authors Joan Minieri and Paul Getsos share stories and tools from their nationally recognized and award-winning work of building a community-led organization, training community leaders, and conducting campaigns that changed public policy and delivered concrete results to tens of thousands of people.

This how-to manual includes: 

· In-depth analysis of how to launch and win a campaign

· Tools, worksheets and guidelines for training people to lead their own campaigns and organizations

· Insights for using technology effectively, building more powerful alliances, and engaging in the social justice movement  

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Joan Minieri       Paul Getsos

Excerpt from Preface:

We both came of age during the rise of the conservative agenda in the United States.  Yet, over the last 25 years we have seen first hand that organizing and building power for social justice is not only possible in this political climate – it works. We have seen community-based organizing campaigns win changes in social policy, improve the administration of programs that service millions of people, preserve and protect our environment and force companies to pay living wages, provide benefits and pay for community benefits and improvements....

We wrote this book to share the lessons and the tools that we developed while successfully organizing low-income people over the course of 12 years.  We believe that others can apply these lessons to their organizations and issues and achieve similar results.  Read more.

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