50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America

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Millions of Americans worked hard to elect Barack Obama. Now they're asking themselves, "What's next? How do we keep the momentum going?" 50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America describes actions citizens can take to clean up the mess, enact Obama's core campaign promises, and move the country forward.

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Overview

Millions of Americans worked hard to elect Barack Obama. Now they're asking themselves, "What's next? How do we keep the momentum going?" 50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America describes actions citizens can take to clean up the mess, enact Obama's core campaign promises, and move the country forward.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981709178
  • Publisher: PoliPointPress, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Huttner is the Executive director of ProgressNow and ProgressNowAction in Denver, Colorado. He is adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver, where he teaches legislation and lobbying. He has served as private political consultant and a policy advisor to Governor Roy Romer.

President of Effect Communications and board chairman of Rocky Mountain Media Watch, Jason Salzman is the former media critic for the Rocky Mountain News, author of Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits and co-author of 50 Ways You Can Show George Bush the Door. He has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Journal on Press and Politics, Newsweek, Sierra, Utne Reader, and more.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Turn Obama's Vision into Law 1

1 Achieve Energy Independence 3

2 Help Fix the Health-Care Mess 7

3 Straighten Out Federal Budget Priorities 11

4 Clean Up Campaign Financing 17

5 Level the Playing Field for Working Families 22

6 Protect the Openness of the Internet 26

7 Sign Up for President Obama's E-mail List 29

Become a Community Organizer 35

8 Reach Out to Diverse Constituencies 37

9 Attend a Leadership Training 42

10 Build a Neighborhood Team 47

11 Call, Write, E-mail, or Meet Lawmakers 51

12 Throw a House Party for Change 56

13 Testify at a Public Hearing or Meeting 61

14 Get a Job to Help Change America 66

15 Support Political Art 70

16 Open Doors for Young People 74

17 Organize Your Place of Worship 77

Volunteer in Your Community 81

18 Respond to Obama's Call for National Service 83

19 Help the Homeless 87

20 Assist Your Local Library 90

21 Support Our Troops and Veterans 93

22 Volunteer at a School 97

23 Spread Change Worldwide 101

Be the Change 105

24 Rescue a Pound Puppy! 107

25 Inspire Yourself to Stay Involved 110

26 Plant Your Own Garden 113

27 Get News That's Truly Fair and Balanced 117

28 Use Public Transportation 121

29 Support Socially Responsible Businesses 124

30 Green Your Home for the Earth's Sake 128

31 Spend More Time with Your Kids 132

32 Quit Smoking 136

Amplify Your Voice for Change 141

33 Take Back the Flag 143

34 Make a Statement on the Streets 147

35 Stage or Attend a Rally, Media Event, or Protest 151

36 Hold Extremists Accountable 157

37 Feed a Story to a Columnist or Blogger 162

38 Support Obama in a Letter to the Editor or Online Comment 166

39 ReachOut to Conservatives 170

Harness the New Media 177

40 Use Your Cell Phone and Text Messages for Change 179

41 Be a Media Watchdog and Challenge Journalists 183

42 Make a YouTube Video 187

43 Pass on Online Action Alerts 191

44 Social Network for Obama 195

Act Now to Win Future Elections 201

45 Help the Census Count Everybody 203

46 Become a Precinct Captain 208

47 Run for Local Office 212

48 Volunteer on a Campaign 216

49 Register New Voters Year-Round 220

50 Donate to Causes You Believe In 225

Conclusion 229

Share Your Ideas to Help Obama Change America 231

Acknowledgments 235

About the Authors 237

About ProgressNow 238

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