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A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present

Chronicles United States history from a grassroots perspective and provides an analysis of important events from 1492 through the current war on terrorism.

A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present

Howard Zinn
Adult Nonfiction - 973 Zin

Chronicles United States history from a grassroots perspective and provides an analysis of important events from 1492 through the current war on terrorism.

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Shut It Down : Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance

For decades, Lisa Fithian's work as an advocate for civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action has put her on the frontlines of change. For anyone who wants to become more active in resistance or is just feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, her book shows how movements that embrace direct action have always been, and continue to be, the most radical and rapid means for transforming the ills of our society.

Shut It Down : Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance

Lisa Fithian
Adult Nonfiction - 303.61 Fit

For decades, Lisa Fithian's work as an advocate for civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action has put her on the frontlines of change. For anyone who wants to become more active in resistance or is just feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, her book shows how movements that embrace direct action have always been, and continue to be, the most radical and rapid means for transforming the ills of our society. While recognizing that electoral politics, legislation, and policy are all important pathways to change, Shut It Down argues that civil disobedience is not just the only action that remains when all else fails, but a spiritual pursuit that protects our deepest selves and allows us to reclaim our humanity.

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Road Map for Revolutionaries : Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All

A simple-to-follow, boots-on-the-ground, open-anywhere guidebook that delivers practical tactics for navigating, affecting, and protecting your own personal democracy in a gridlocked, heavily surveilled, and politically volatile United States. With infographics, links to resources and communities, and words of wisdom from people already fighting the good fight, this guidebook is meant to be used and abused. It's designed to move you from idea to action to part-time revolution in a quick, efficient, and effective manner.

Road Map for Revolutionaries : Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All

Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin, Jamia Wilson
Adult Nonfiction - 322.4209 Cam

A simple-to-follow, boots-on-the-ground, open-anywhere guidebook that delivers practical tactics for navigating, affecting, and protecting your own personal democracy in a gridlocked, heavily surveilled, and politically volatile United States. With infographics, links to resources and communities, and words of wisdom from people already fighting the good fight, this guidebook is meant to be used and abused. It's designed to move you from idea to action to part-time revolution in a quick, efficient, and effective manner.

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A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance : A Feminist Handbook on Fighting for Good

So the presidential election of 2016 happened. You cried, you ranted, you marched. But how do you stay engaged for the long term? How do you keep fighting while also continuing your real life? How do you stay vigilant without being furious? Needing to take action after the election, Emma Gray, Executive Women's Editor at HuffPost, put on her journalist hat and set out to speak with some of the most prominent thought leaders and activists of our time. In all of her conversations, one theme came up again and again: young women are essential to the resistance.

A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance : A Feminist Handbook on Fighting for Good

Emma Gray
Adult Nonfiction - 305.4209 Gra

So the presidential election of 2016 happened. You cried, you ranted, you marched. But how do you stay engaged for the long term? How do you keep fighting while also continuing your real life? How do you stay vigilant without being furious? Needing to take action after the election, Emma Gray, Executive Women's Editor at HuffPost, put on her journalist hat and set out to speak with some of the most prominent thought leaders and activists of our time. In all of her conversations, one theme came up again and again: young women are essential to the resistance. Interweaving these interviews with her own experiences covering resistance events in a time when the media has been under assault, Emma has created a down and dirty guide for women of all ages to roll up their sleeves and resist the forces that are a threat to our rights.

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Political Action : A Practical Guide to Movement Politics

Michael Walzer draws on his extensive engagement in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s to lay out the practical steps necessary to keep movement politics alive both in victory and in defeat. What do people need to do when out of outrage or fear of looming disaster they come together to demand change? Should they focus on one or several issues? Should they form coalitions? What can and can’t be accomplished through electoral politics? How can movements operate democratically?

Political Action : A Practical Guide to Movement Politics

Michael Walzer
Adult Nonfiction - 322.4 Wal

Michael Walzer draws on his extensive engagement in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s to lay out the practical steps necessary to keep movement politics alive both in victory and in defeat. What do people need to do when out of outrage or fear of looming disaster they come together to demand change? Should they focus on one or several issues? Should they form coalitions? What can and can’t be accomplished through electoral politics? How can movements operate democratically? Walzer insists not only on the centrality of movement politics to the health of democratic societies but on the deep satisfaction that is to be found there. Political Action is both an indispensable resource for activists and a lasting and inspiring summons to arms.

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Steal This Country : A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Anything

Essays, profiles, and interviews about issues in social and political action, including climate change, immigration, gender and sexual orientation, racism, women's rights, religious freedom, and intersectionality. Also includes practical information about tools for effecting change.

Steal This Country : A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Anything

Alexandra Styron
Adult Nonfiction - 320.0835 Sty

Essays, profiles, and interviews about issues in social and political action, including climate change, immigration, gender and sexual orientation, racism, women's rights, religious freedom, and intersectionality. Also includes practical information about tools for effecting change.

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Becoming a Citizen Activist : Stories, Strategies, and Advice for Changing Our World

Becoming a Citizen Activist is a compilation of specific anecdotes of successful social justice struggles led by ordinary people, practical tips for fighting for your cause, and compelling insights into power, politics and the medley of strategies that make change happen. No matter who you are, you’ll finish the book and be inspired to head straight out to better your community and our world.

Becoming a Citizen Activist : Stories, Strategies, and Advice for Changing Our World

Nick Licata
Series: Adult Nonfiction - 324.2092 Lic

Becoming a Citizen Activist is a compilation of specific anecdotes of successful social justice struggles led by ordinary people, practical tips for fighting for your cause, and compelling insights into power, politics and the medley of strategies that make change happen. No matter who you are, you’ll finish the book and be inspired to head straight out to better your community and our world.

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Rules For Radicals : A Practical Primer For Realistic Radicals

Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know "the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one." Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best.

Rules For Radicals : A Practical Primer For Realistic Radicals

Saul Alinsky
Adult Nonfiction - 303.484 Ali

Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know "the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one." Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky was able to combine, both in his person and his writing, the intensity of political engagement with an absolute insistence on rational political discourse and adherence to the American democratic tradition.

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The Everything American Government Book : From the Constitution to Present-Day Elections, All You Need to Understand Our Democratic System

The average citizen knows precious little about the democratic system and the laws that affect their daily lives. This book unravels the complexities of our democracy and provides readers with the knowledge necessary to make the right decisions and take an active role in the management of their country. This book is specially designed to inform and empower the average citizen during this critical election year and provides the keys to understanding the ins and outs of the most powerful democracy in the world.

The Everything American Government Book : From the Constitution to Present-Day Elections, All You Need to Understand Our Democratic System

Nick Ragone
Adult Nonfiction - 320.473 Rag
Series: The everything series

The average citizen knows precious little about the democratic system and the laws that affect their daily lives. This book unravels the complexities of our democracy and provides readers with the knowledge necessary to make the right decisions and take an active role in the management of their country. This book is specially designed to inform and empower the average citizen during this critical election year and provides the keys to understanding the ins and outs of the most powerful democracy in the world.

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We the People : Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States

We the People offers powerful portraits of communities across the United States that have faced threats from environmentally destructive corporate projects and responded by successfully banning those projects at a local level. Their method is an answer for the frustrations of untold numbers of activists who have been defeated time and again by corporate political power and legal entitlement. This book can teach us to create from the ground up what we want, basing our vision in local control and law.

We the People : Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States

Thomas Linzey, Anneke Campbell
Adult Nonfiction 363.7052 Lin

We the People offers powerful portraits of communities across the United States that have faced threats from environmentally destructive corporate projects and responded by successfully banning those projects at a local level. Their method is an answer for the frustrations of untold numbers of activists who have been defeated time and again by corporate political power and legal entitlement. This book can teach us to create from the ground up what we want, basing our vision in local control and law. This work is about giving up the illusion of democracy, forging a system of true self-governance, and recognizing in law, that nature possesses legally enforceable rights of its own.

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