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

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

by Lee Staples
     
 

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,

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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.

Product Details

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

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1Power to the people : basic organizing philosophy and goals1
2Locate and relate : motivate and integrate : facilitate and educate : ACTIVATE! : the role of the organizer27
3Can't you hear me knockin'? : organizing models and methods47
4Analyze, strategize, and catalyze : issues and strategy99
5Moving into action : making and carrying out action plans143
6Keeping it all together : organizational development and maintenance185
7Nuts and bolts, some do's and don'ts : a short collection219
Research for organizing222
Real clout : rules and tools for winning public policy campaigns234
Using the law for leverage254
Media relations264
Using technology for grassroots organizing270
Negotiations : using a weapon as a way out282
Grassroots community organizations and voting : how to do voter registration, education, and mobilization for 501c3 organizations and related nonprofits289
Community-labor coalitions302
Coalitions and other relations309
Coalitions : essential tools for organizing316
Memberships and dues331
Dues and grassroots fundraising335
Meetings : grab those details by the tail339

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