Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism

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Macmillan, Jan 12, 2005 - Political Science - 306 pages
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From the authors of Manifesta, an activism handbook that illustrates how to truly make the personal political.

Grassroots is an activism handbook for social justice. Aimed at everyone from students to professionals, stay-at-home moms to artists, Grassroots answers the perennial question: What can I do? Whether you are concerned about the environment, human rights violations in Tibet, campus sexual assault policies, sweatshop labor, gay marriage, or the ongoing repercussions from 9-11, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards believe that we all have something to offer in the fight against injustice. Based on the authors' own experiences, and the stories of both the large number of activists they work with as well as the countless everyday people they have encountered over the years, Grassroots encourages people to move beyond the "generic three" (check writing, calling congresspeople, and volunteering) and make a difference with clear guidelines and models for activism. The authors draw heavily on individual stories as examples, inspiring readers to recognize the tools right in front of them--be it the office copier or the family living room--in order to make change. Activism is accessible to all, and Grassroots shows how anyone, no matter how much or little time they have to offer, can create a world that more clearly reflects their values.

 

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User Review  - Julie_Brock - LibraryThing

Only on the 2nd chapter. Winona LaDuke wrote a nice introduction reminding readers that great things can be accomplished while planning and organizing from your own sticky kitchen table. Amen, sister! Read full review

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While this book had some great ideas and was fairly inspiring, it came from a very privileged position. Most of the examples of activism given were from women who were in college, had well-paying ... Read full review

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Contents

Why the World Needs Another Advice Book
3
Of Minor Importance
25
Rebels with Causes
53
The Real World
91
The Activist at Work
127
Creating Activism
155
The Revolutionary Next Door
179
A Day in the Life of an Activist
203
A Glossary of the Most Common Forms of Activism
221
ChapterbyChapter Resource Guide
225
Notes
285
Bibliography
289
Index
295
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Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards are the co-authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (FSG, 2000) as well as co-founders of the progressive speakers' bureau Soapbox.

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