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Title:
MoveOn's 50 ways to love your country : how to find your political voice and become a catalyst for change
Author:
MoveOn.org.
Publication Information:
Maui, HI : Inner Ocean Pub., [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xiv, 145 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction / John Blades and Wes Boyd, MoveOn -- 1. The power of connection -- Introduction / Peter Schurman, MoveOn -- Create and effective online petition --- Spread the word about online petitions -- Sign a petition --- Share informed political recommendations -- Speak out online -- Email the president (and other politicians) -- Meet with your representatives -- 2. Every vote counts -- Introduction / Al Gore, former vice president -- Vote, no matter what -- Mobilize underrepresented voters -- Register voters in unlikely places -- Organize an issue-specific voter registration drive -- Get your office to vote -- Maximize the vote on election day -- Make a personal request to nonvoters -- Participate in a phone bank -- 3. The many faces of the media / David Fenton, Fenton Communications -- Read more, watch TV news less -- Write a letter to the editor -- Respond to biased reporting -- Alert the media to uncovered events -- Place an ad -- Reform the media -- Make your own media -- Write an op-ed piece -- Start a political book club -- MoveOn's suggested media sources -- 4. Political action is personal -- introduction / Nancy Pelosi, House democratic leader -- Write letters to Congress that work -- Talk to officials you didn't elect -- Support clean elections -- Volunteer for campaigns -- Help run a campaign -- Hit the streets for your candidate -- Run for office to challenge incumbents -- Donate money -- Host a house party -- Petition effectively -- Attend a meetup -- Serve as an elected official -- Act outside the box -- 5. Personal action is political -- Introduction / Gail Sheehy, author and journalist -- Serve your community -- Defy City Hall -- Respond locally to national issues -- Attend a rally -- Instigate protective laws -- Initiate a constitutional amendment -- Get a socially responsible job -- Take action with your family -- Host a political salon -- Let your money speak -- Help others express their political views -- express your views through art -- Advertise your political vision -- Afterword / Eli Pariser, MoveOn -- Acknowledgments -- Index -- MoveOn Information.
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ISBN:
9781930722293
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

When two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs launched MoveOn.org in 1998, they had no idea that they would be hailed as powerful and influential political activists or grow their online advocacy group to 2 million members in just a few years. Their simple mission--fueled by passion for a more open and democratic nation, topnotch and timely information, and the financial support of concerned individuals and organizations--was to jumpstart broad civic dialogue and enable ordinary citizens toeffectively voice their political concerns.

In the spirit of simplicity and empowering the citizen, this book is an essential "how to" for becoming politically informed and involved. In this handbook for change, MoveOn members from around the country have written about what it means to be a responsible member of a democracy--what they have done in the past and what they are now doing to help make the United States more accountable, forward thinking, and a better place to live.

The 50 Ways range from simple ideas, such as "Tell a Friend about a Petition" to more dynamic suggestions, such as "Organize a Constituent Meeting," and the editors at MoveOn provided action items and resources for those who want to take inspiration a step further.


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Library Journal Review

The most surprisingly effective grass-roots activism campaign to hit this country in years, MoveOn has quickly grown from a husband-and-wife team with a home computer to an office of eight full-time staff running a network of 1.7 million members. MoveOn has consistently relied on progressive ethics and the wisdom of its members to develop easy, admirable actions for change in which anyone can participate. This handbook compiles some of its members' excellent, time-tested ideas, from emailing the President to serving as an elected official to reforming the media; the 50 ideas were pared down from a list of 2500. The book includes not only tools for various actions but also inspirational stories behind members' decisions to engage in them. Written by Americans of different ethnic backgrounds, ages, classes, and locations, these stories are heartwarming, well written, sometimes funny, and always helpful. Recommended not only for public and academic libraries but to those in businesses and schools where community service is emphasized.-Khadijah Caturani, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.