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The Activist's Handbook: A Primer for the 1990s and Beyond
     

The Activist's Handbook: A Primer for the 1990s and Beyond

by Randy Shaw
 

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The Activist's Handbook is a hard-hitting guide to winning social change in the 1990s. Randy Shaw, attorney and longtime activist for urban issues, shows how positive change can still be accomplished despite an increasingly grim political order, if activists employ the strategies set forth in this desperately needed primer. Inspiring "fear and loathing" in

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The Activist's Handbook is a hard-hitting guide to winning social change in the 1990s. Randy Shaw, attorney and longtime activist for urban issues, shows how positive change can still be accomplished despite an increasingly grim political order, if activists employ the strategies set forth in this desperately needed primer. Inspiring "fear and loathing" in politicians, building diverse coalitions, and harnessing the media, the courts, and the electoral process to one's cause are only some of the key tactics Shaw advocates and explains. Central to all social-change activism, Shaw shows, is being proactive: rather than simply reacting to right-wing proposals, activists must develop an aga and focus their resources on achieving it. The Activist's Handbook details the impact of specific strategies on campaigns across the country: battles over homelessness, the environment, AIDS policies, neighborhood preservation, and school reform among others. Though activist groups can have widely different aims, similar tactics are shown to produce success. Further, the book offers a sophisticated analysis of the American power structure by someone on the front lines. In showing how people can and must make a difference at both local and national levels, this is an indispensable guide not only for activists, but for everyone interested in the future of progressive politics in America.

Author Biography: Randy Shaw is Director and Supervising Attorney for the Terloin Housing Clinic in San Francisco.

Editorial Reviews

Ernest Callenbach
Anybody researching or writing anything about contemporary U.S. political life should be familiar with The Activist Handbook.
author of Ecotopia
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Primer for the 1990s and Beyond, Randy Shaw takes a broader approach, showing how activists for anything from the environment to AIDS policy to school reform can influence politicians and the media, form alliances and take direct action (June, Univ. of California, $17.95 ISBN 0-520-20317-8; cloth $50 -20315-1). A tighter focus is provided by Richard Mintzer, author of Volunteering in New York City: Your Guide to Working Small Miracles in the Big Apple. Divided into sections on art and culture, children, animals, the homeless, libraries, seniors and more, it gives introductory information on what to expect and a listing of organizations (June, Walker, $10.95 ISBN 0-8027-7481-4).
Booknews
A history of Native American peoples told "facing east" through the various tribes' perceptions, and based on personal and public accounts, and oral histories. The volume is most suited to younger students as a survey of native tribes, their traditional life, and the impacts on tribal life of the first contacts with Spanish adventurers through the Western migrations of the 19th century. The text is generously illustrated with photographs, drawings, maps, and rare archival images. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520203174
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.88(d)

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Randy Shaw is Director and Supervising Attorney for the Tenderloin Housing Clinic in San Francisco.

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