Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community

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Take control of your community!

Be the Change is a revolutionary handbook that shows everyday citizens how to stand up and take control of their local governments. With assistance from Thomas Linzey and the cutting-edge methodology of his Democracy School, this book will teach you how to achieve true self-governance and help provide ecosystems with the inalienable right to exist and flourish.

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Overview

Take control of your community!

Be the Change is a revolutionary handbook that shows everyday citizens how to stand up and take control of their local governments. With assistance from Thomas Linzey and the cutting-edge methodology of his Democracy School, this book will teach you how to achieve true self-governance and help provide ecosystems with the inalienable right to exist and flourish.

ThomasLinzey, a graduate of Widener University School of Law, is a cofounder of both the Daniel Pennock Democracy School and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. He is a frequent presenter to groups and governments, including Bioneers. Anneke Campbellis a writer and documentary filmmaker who has worked for many years to advance the causes of justice and respect for all humanity and the environment.

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Kudos to authors Anneke Campbell and Thomas Linzey for their uplifting book, which examines how local communities can take back their power. The key, according to the authors, is bold self-governance, whereby citizens openly challenge corporate power to assume the reigns themselves. As a community leader, a congressional candidate in California's 36th district, I was most interested in reading about Spokane's campaign to rewrite the city's Home Rule Charter - "to drive legally enforceable rights for neighborhoods, people, and nature directly into the structure of the city government itself." During these challenging economic times, when so much of our taxpayer money is drained to pay for counter-productive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is refreshing to read a book that discusses how cities can address the urgent needs of their citizens to breathe clean air, work in healthy environments, and protect their open space. Towards the end of the book, the authors explore the undermining of constitutional rights by corporations granted private power, as though these business entities are persons, not corporations. Perhaps if enough Americans read "Be the Change," we can turn this notion of corporations as individual private actors around and set our country on a sustainable course. I recommend "Be the Change" for anyone thinking about getting involved in their community.

Well-done!

— Marcy Winograd

Congressional candidate - Marcy Winograd

Kudos to authors Anneke Campbell and Thomas Linzey for their uplifting book, which examines how local communities can take back their power. The key, according to the authors, is bold self-governance, whereby citizens openly challenge corporate power to assume the reigns themselves. As a community leader, a congressional candidate in California's 36th district, I was most interested in reading about Spokane's campaign to rewrite the city's Home Rule Charter - "to drive legally enforceable rights for neighborhoods, people, and nature directly into the structure of the city government itself." During these challenging economic times, when so much of our taxpayer money is drained to pay for counter-productive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is refreshing to read a book that discusses how cities can address the urgent needs of their citizens to breathe clean air, work in healthy environments, and protect their open space. Towards the end of the book, the authors explore the undermining of constitutional rights by corporations granted private power, as though these business entities are persons, not corporations. Perhaps if enough Americans read "Be the Change," we can turn this notion of corporations as individual private actors around and set our country on a sustainable course. I recommend "Be the Change" for anyone thinking about getting involved in their community.

Well-done!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423605614
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 718,296
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Anneke Campbell is a writer and documentary filmmaker who has worked for many years to advance the causes of justice and respect for all humanity and the environment.

Thomas Linzey, a graduate of Widener University School of Law, is the cofounder of both the Daniel Peacock Democracy School and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. He is a frequent presenter to groups and governments, including Bioneers.

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Lessons Learned

o The established system of government does not protect your community. Be willing to try a new approach in order to reclaim your voice.

o Change begins at the grassroots level. Talk with neighbors and community members, encouraging communication and debate.

o Attend town meetings to know what changes are being planned for your community, and to prevent unwanted decisions from being made.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6

Introduction: Thomas Linzey and the Democracy School 10

The Illusion of Democracy 21

Reclaiming the Declaration of Independence 43

Giving Nature the Right to Exist 65

True Democracy: An Ongoing Conversation 85

Meeting New Challenges 107

The Call 127

Where to Start 137

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Fantastic! Essential reading for any conscientious concerned ci

    Fantastic! Essential reading for any conscientious concerned citizen. Thomas reveals why we are in the state we are in.

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