Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice

Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice

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AN INSPIRING INSTRUCTIONAL HANDBOOK FOR TRANSFORMING IDEALISM INTO SOCIAL CHANGE

For those of us who have been kind of making it up as we go along, this book is a real resource for change-making! — Bill McKibben, founder 350.org

… a book that seeks to teach people (particularly those in ostensibly democratic societies) how to “disturb the peace” [in order to] to avoid the worst of the catastrophic effects that now manifest as social and ecological crises across the face the planet.—Richard Kahn, Core Faculty in Education, Antioch University Los Angeles


Educating for Action collects the voices of activists whose combined experience in confronting injustice has generated a wealth of key insights for creating social change. This practical, hands-on guide explores such topics as:
• Community organizing and direct democracy
• Conflict negotiation, communication and rhetoric
• Law, the educational system and lifestyle activism
• Social media skills, conference planning and online organizing.

Written in an inspirational tone, Educating for Action consciously straddles the line between street activism and classroom instruction. Bridging the gap between these two worlds makes for an engaging and instructive manual for social justice, helping students, teachers, and larger activist communities turn their idealism into action.


This is exactly the right book, at the right time. —Sandy Grande, Ph.D., author of Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought


Jason Del Gandio is a scholar-activist and Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at Temple University. He is the author of Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists.
Anthony J. Nocella II is a scholar-activist and Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at the Hamline Law School. He is a long-time anti-racism, youth justice, prison abolition, Hip Hop, animal, disability, and Earth liberation activist and has published over fifty scholarly articles and book chapters and sixteen books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865717763
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 08/19/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jason Del Gandio is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at Temple University. He has participated in the Global Justice Movement, the anti-war movement during the Bush Administration, the anti-RNC demonstrations of 2004, fair-trade campaigns, Latin American solidarity work and the Occupy Movement. Jason has appeared on television and radio, and regularly speaks on college campuses and at public venues. He is the author of Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists.

Anthony J. Nocella is a scholar-activist, a Visiting Professor in the School of Education at Hamline University, and a Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at the Hamline Law School. From blockading highways against the war in Iraq to lobbying for national forest protection, Anthony has been involved with numerous movements and struggles, including dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, anarchism, Earth liberation, animal liberation, disability liberation and Hip Hop youth activism. He has co-founded several active political organizations and published more than 50 scholarly articles and 15 books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword: Reading Peace Education Joy James xi

Preface: Teaching Peace Peter McLaren xv

Introduction: Peace as a Political Force Jason Del Gandio Anthony J. Nocella II 1

Part 1 Starting With Me

1 Personal Lifestyle Larry Albert Butz 19

2 Communication and Rhetoric Jason Del Gandio 37

Part 2 Working with Others

3 Participation and Democracy Joshua Ryan Holst 57

4 Transformative Justice and Conflict Transformation Anthony J. Nocella II Melissa Chiprin Anniessa Antar Alisha Page 83

Part 3 Getting into the Streets

5 Organizing Your Community Drew Robert Winter 101

6 Activist Guidelines and Case Studies Jason Del Gandio James Generic Aaron Zellhoefer Anthony J. Nocella II 115

Part 4 Social Networks

7 The Politics of Planning: Conference Organizing as an Act of Resistance Jenny Grubbs Michael Loadenthal 137

8 Social Media and Online Organizing Jeanette Russell 155

Part 5 Institutional Change

9 The Laws and Lawyers of Social Change Dara Lovitz 173

10 The Courage to Teach Critically: Anti-Oppression and Pro-Justice Dialogues in the Classroom Rita Verma 185

Epilogue: Thankfulness, Mutual Recognition, and Appreciation Kim Socha Anthony J. Nocella II 201

Resources for Peace and Justice Activists 209

Contributors' Biographies 213

Endnotes 219

Index 227

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