This text gives students the methods and sources needed to get involved in politics. Reflecting current political trends and organizations, this text lists over 400 political action groups (liberal, conservative, and moderate) with important contact information, including Internet URLs. It also offers examples of letters, memos, and op-ed pieces showing the political process at work.
Ralph Nader was recently named by the Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, one of only four living people to be so honored. The son of immigrants from Lebanon, he has launched two major presidential campaigns and founded or organized more than one hundred civic organizations. His groups have made an impact on tax reform, atomic power regulation, the tobacco industry, clean air and water, food safety, access to health care, civil rights, congressional ethics, and much more.
Preface. Foreword By U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone On the Importance of Citizen Activism. Foreword By Richard N. Bond, former Chairman, Republican National Committee My Entry into Politics. Introduction: By Ralph Nader. Getting Started. 1. Individual Action. 2. Forming a Citizen Group and Recruiting Supporters. 3. Public Education. 4. Research. 5. Direct Action. 6. Citizen Lobbying. 7. The Courts. 8. Initiative and Referendum. 9. Community Lawyer. 10. Shareholder Activism. 11. The Media: Citizen Access to Newspapers, Television and Radio. 12. Fundraising. 13. Resources. Notes. Bibliography. Index.