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Organizing for social change : Midwest Academy manual for activists
Bobo, Kimberley A.
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
Santa Ana, Calif. : Seven Locks Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xi, 425 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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JC328.3 .B632 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This manual is for grassroots activists seeking social, political, environmental and economic change at all levels of organization -> local, state and national. The handbook has been used by Midwest Academy since 1973 in its organizing and activism seminars. Central to the Academy and the manual are

Author Notes

Kim Bobo is the founder and director of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice. She was a trainer with the Midwest Academy for 10 years.
Jackie Kendall, Executive Director of the Midwest Academy, worked extensively with senior, student, and citizen action organizations at the local, state, and federal levels.
Steve Max has 35 years of experience in civil rights, labor, and community organizing. He is a key trainer and the designer of the economic education program.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Part I Direct Action Organizing
1. 2001 Edition Introductionp. 2
2. The Fundamentals of Direct Action Organizingp. 8
3. Choosing an Issuep. 22
4. Developing a Strategyp. 30
5. A Guide to Tacticsp. 48
6. Organizing Models: The Underlying Structure of Organizationsp. 62
7. Designing Actionsp. 70
Part II Organizing Skills
8. Holding Accountability Sessionsp. 82
9. Building and Joining Coalitionsp. 100
10. Recruitingp. 110
11. Developing Leadershipp. 118
12. Planning and Facilitating Meetingsp. 128
13. Being a Great Public Speakerp. 140
14. Using the Mediap. 156
15. Designing and Leading a Workshopp. 172
16. Working with Community Organization Boardsp. 182
17. Working with Religious Organizationsp. 192
18. Working With Local Unions, Central Labor Councils and Building and Construction Trades Councilsp. 204
19. Building Labor-Community Partnershipsp. 220
20. Tactical Investigationsp. 232
Part III Support for Organization
21. Grassroots Fundraisingp. 276
22. Controlling Your Work: Administrative Systemsp. 288
23. Supervisionp. 298
24. Financial and Legal Mattersp. 318
25. Working for the Long Haulp. 338
26. You Mean You're Not Getting Rich? Economics in the New Millenniump. 346
Part IV Selected Resources
Resources for Organizingp. 380
Songsp. 399
Indexp. 410