Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide To Creating Groups That Can Solve Problems and Change the World

Submitted by FBMaster on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 00:09

"A practical and personal guide to creating groups that can solve community and workplace problems. Using lessons learned, exercises and stories from the experience of the author and others, this book brings alive the process of community organizing and community building. It is for anyone who wants to start or strengthen a community group, a congregation, a neighborhood association, a civic group, or any other group that deals with the many problems and concerns we all face in our everyday lives."

Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action

Submitted by FBMaster on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 00:07

"Urban decay can sap the determination—not to mention the soul—of anyone who experiences it. But there are forces that can and do reverse it. They are not spectators, or critics, or occasional demonstrators. They are groups of citizens, encouraged and trained to take power with dignity and creativity and unrelenting determination, and to make it work for them, day by day, month by month, and year to year.

Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life

Submitted by FBMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 14:39

"One of the country's leading activist curators explores how corporations and governments have used art and culture to mystify and manipulate us.

The production of culture was once the domain of artists, but beginning in the early 1900s, the emerging fields of public relations, advertising and marketing transformed the way the powerful communicate with the rest of us. A century later, the tools are more sophisticated than ever, the onslaught more relentless.

Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals

Submitted by FBMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 14:15

"A guide to political struggle for a generation that is deeply ambivalent about power. While many activists gravitate toward mere self-expression and identity-affirming rituals at the expense of serious political intervention, Smucker provides an apologia for leadership, organization, and collective power, a moral argument for its cultivation, and a discussion of dilemmas that movements must navigate in order to succeed. "

Citizen's Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials: Citizen Advocacy in State Legislatures and Congress: A Guide for Citizen Lobbyists and Grassroots Advocates

Submitted by FBMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 13:57

Practical guidance how to prepare for and meet with elected officials and staff, how to write effective letters and emails to elected officials, strategies for influencing legislators face-to-face, best practices for communicating with Congress and state legislatures, and how to write persuasive "letters to the editor".

The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

Submitted by FBMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 13:53

"The Hope, a new book by acclaimed author Andrew Harvey, is a simple yet compelling guide to help people respond to current global challenges. This no nonsense work provides a succinct vision of today’s world crisis and the need for sacred activism—the fusion of the deepest spiritual knowledge and passion with clear, wise, radical action. Harvey lays out seven laws for sacred activism, covering everything from the necessity of incorporating a spiritual practice into your life , to the transformation of anger into wise energy, to the importance of community.

The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy

Submitted by FBMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 13:29

"No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. It is rare that a historian of the Left has managed to retain as much credibility while refusing to let his academic mantle change his beautiful writing style from being anything but direct, forthright, and accessible. Whether his subject is war, race, politics, economic justice, or history itself, each of his works serves as a reminder that to embrace one's subjectivity can mean embracing one's humanity, that heart and mind can speak with one voice.

Win More Union Organizing Drives

Submitted by FBMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 13:03

"This book is about how unions can improve their ability to win union organizing drives. Here are examples of the ideas you’ll find in this book: “If you do all the work for your committee then you are cheating them out of the lessons they need to learn about how to stand together and win.” – Chapter Four, Building Inside Committees “What is written on a leaflet isn’t as important as who is handing it out and whose picture is on it.” - Chapter Five, Communicating Our Message “Recognize card signing for what it is.