Building the Power to Create Change
Tools for Radical Democracy 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 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
Praise for tools for Radical Democracy
"This book provides the nuts and bolts for how people and communities that start on the margins can move to center stage. Tools for Radical Democracy shines the spotlight on what works and will help spark the next generation of social change movements. To be sure, our country is in dire need of such techniques."
Andy Stern, president, Service Employees International Union, CTW, CLC
"This manual is an organizer′s organizer. I hope many people will put this to use."
Heather Booth, founder and president, Midwest Academy
"This book is ′the secret′ for building collective power for long–term social change."
Nat Chioke Williams, executive director, Hill Snowdon Foundation
"Minieri and Getsos provide real–world examples of how ordinary people can become leaders who effect positive change. This book will be required reading for our staff and recommended reading for all our members."
Janet S. Keating, codirector, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
"Students, scholars, and social activists alike will find something to their tastes in this how–to guide for rebuilding democracy from the ground up."
Joaquin Herranz Jr., assistant professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
Preface: Why We Believe in Organizing and Building Power.
Introduction: The Power of Participation.
The Story of Community Voices Heard.
PART ONE: BUILDING COMMUNITY POWER.
1. Taking It On: Starting to Build Power.
2. Powering Up.
PART TWO: BUILDING A BASE FOR POWER.
3. Recruiting Constituents for Collective Action.
4. Involving Members in Building Their Own Organization.
5. Developing Leaders from All Walks of Life.
6. Uploading Technology.
PART THREE: DEVELOPING AND RUNNING CAMPAIGNS.
7. Identifying the Right Issue.
8. Researching the Politics of an Issue.
9. Developing a Winning Strategy.
10. Planning a Comprehensive Campaign.
11. Implementing an Effective Campaign.
12. Running Kick–A∗∗ Actions!
13. Evaluating a Campaign from Beginning to End.
PART FOUR: BUILDING A MOVEMENT.
14. Forging Partnerships for Power.
15. Moving from Self–Interest to Social Change.
Conclusion: Putting Your Principles into Practice.
RESOURCES: SUPPORTING THE WORK OF ORGANIZING.
A. Organizing Lingo.
B. Raising Money for Organizing.
C. Power in the Voting Booth: Electoral Organizing.
D. Training Tips.
E. Approaches to Addressing Community Problems.
F. Creating a Legal Community Power–Building Organization.
G. For More Information.
H. The Phases and Steps of a Campaign: An Annotated Case Example.
" It is well–organized and easy to use." (CharityVillage.com, 10/29/2007)
" it is refreshing to see a book that focuses downward– at the community level– and outward– at social movements." (Nonprofit Online News, 09/05/2007)
"The authors offer a guide to involving and organizing others –– especially the most marginalized members of society –– in a social–justice movement. Throughout the book are examples of meeting agendas, campaign plans, surveys to determine the key issues that are important to local residents, lists of desired qualities in community–organizing leaders, and other resources that can serve as templates." ––Chronicle of Philanthropy, January 10, 2008