Bridging the Class Divide: And Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizingby Linda Stout, Howard Zinn
Pub. Date: 02/28/1997
It can be done. Linda Stout herself grew up in poverty in
Again and again social change movementson matter s from the environment to women's rightshave been run by middle-class leaders. But in order to make real progress toward economic and social change, poor peoplethose most affected by social problemsmust be the ones to speak up and lead.
It can be done. Linda Stout herself grew up in poverty in rural North Carolina and went on to found one of this country's most successful and innovative grassroots organizations, the Piedmont Peace Project. Working for peace, jobs, health care, and basic social services in North Carolina's conservative Piedmont region, the project has attracted national attention for its success in drawing leadership from within a working-class community, actively encouraging diversity, and empowering people who have never had a voice in policy decisions to speak up for their own interests. The Piedmont Peace Project demonstrates that new ways of organizing can really work.
Bridging the Class Divide tells the inspiring story of Linda Stout's life as the daughter of a tenant farmer, as a self-taught activist, and as a leader in the progressive movement. It also gives practical lessons on how to build real working relationships between people of different income levels, races, and genders. This book will inspire and enrich anyone who works for change in our society.
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This book should is a must read for everyone! I was first assigned this book in a college course, and it became the best book I ever read to help me understand how change happens. It gave me hope and motivated me to change my life to work for social justice. Because the author is not a college graduate, her language is clear, simple and powerful. If you want to create change in the world, this is the book to read. Even if you're not interested in social change, this book gives you an insight to what happens to people who grow up in poverty and other oppressive conditions. Great stories!