Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing / Edition 2

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When ordinary people band together to gain more control over their life conditions, the first order of business is to organize in pursuit of collective action. This how-to manual presents strategies, tactics, methods, and techniques that community members can use to set their own goals, select issues, campaign for these issues, recruit members, develop leaders, hold effective meetings, conduct research, lobby politicians and legislators, and get the word out to the media.

The author brings more than three decades of experience to the task of explaining root principles for developing and exercising collective power; he moves effortlessly from such broad discussions into providing specific tips for effective organizing methods and techniques. Armed with the information in this book, any community can bring about social change through collective action.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275969974
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

LEE STAPLES is Clinical Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. He has been engaged in grassroots community organizing since the late 1960s as an organizer, supervisor, staff director, trainer, educator, consultant, evaluator, and coach. He remains actively involved in a diverse range of organizing efforts.

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Table of Contents

1 Power to the people : basic organizing philosophy and goals 1
2 Locate and relate : motivate and integrate : facilitate and educate : ACTIVATE! : the role of the organizer 27
3 Can't you hear me knockin'? : organizing models and methods 47
4 Analyze, strategize, and catalyze : issues and strategy 99
5 Moving into action : making and carrying out action plans 143
6 Keeping it all together : organizational development and maintenance 185
7 Nuts and bolts, some do's and don'ts : a short collection 219
Research for organizing 222
Real clout : rules and tools for winning public policy campaigns 234
Using the law for leverage 254
Media relations 264
Using technology for grassroots organizing 270
Negotiations : using a weapon as a way out 282
Grassroots community organizations and voting : how to do voter registration, education, and mobilization for 501c3 organizations and related nonprofits 289
Community-labor coalitions 302
Coalitions and other relations 309
Coalitions : essential tools for organizing 316
Memberships and dues 331
Dues and grassroots fundraising 335
Meetings : grab those details by the tail 339
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