Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing, 3rd Edition

Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing, 3rd Edition

by Lee Staples


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You can control corporate polluters, rebuild your neighborhood, develop good jobs, restructure public welfare, improve schools, or change the treatment that you receive from local police, landlords, or public administrators. Roots to Power shows you how to organize with other people to resolve problems that arise from everyday situations--not just to win one special reform or institutional change at the present time, but to build a long-term, collective power base with a capacity to win battles in the future by tapping economic, electoral, and direct-action sources of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440833656
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/22/2016
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 483
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Lee Staples, PhD, MSW, is Clinical Professor Emeritus at the Boston University School of Social Work.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements: With a Lot of Help from My Friends

Preface: From Roots to Tips

Introduction by Frances Fox Piven

"Power to the People": Basic Organizing Philosophy and Goals

"Locate & Relate. Motivate and Integrate. Facilitate & Integrate. ACTIVATE!"--The Role of the Organizer

"Can't Ya Hear Me Knockin?"--Organizing Models and Methods

"Analyze, Strategize and Catalyze"--Issues and Strategy

"Moving into Action"--Making and Carrying Out Action Plans

"Keeping It All Together"--Organizational Development and Maintenance

"Nuts and Bolts, Some Do's and Don'ts"--A Short Collection



Afterword: After Words, Take Action


About the Author and Contributors

What People are Saying About This

Jacqueline B. Mondros

"Those who are under the mistaken assumption that progressive community organizing is an outmoded approach to social change need only to read the newest edition of Roots to Power to learn otherwise. Social action organizing is alive and well and happening at national and local levels, and Staples' case examples throughout the book are hot-off-the-press relevant. Through detailed guidelines and recommendations, a myriad of illustrations from which to draw lessons, and a special section from experts on various related topics, Staples gives currency and new depth to what has become a classic textbook."

Robert Fisher

"This book could not be more timely! Grassroots organizing has become a global phenomenon. And no one knows the nuts and bolts of organizing better than Lee Staples. This third edition of Roots to Power captures 50 years of experience, analysis, and organizing wisdom, primarily from Staples but also from the many new contributors to this volume. The breadth and range of this new edition are absolutely unparalleled."

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