Books from Social Policy Press
Nuts & Bolts: The ACORN Fundamentals of Organizing Wade Rathke shares almost 50 years of organizing experience with a look at the “nuts and bolts” of how ACORN was organized and able to build a mass membership and major victories in the United States, Canada, and around the world in plain language that can inform organizers, leaders, activists, and policy makers about how to change and build power.
Guns & Kids: Can we Survive the Carnage? This eBook explores the relationship between guns and kids. And it reveals disturbing facts. For example, the firearm fatality rate in the U.S. among children under 15 years old is nearly twelve times higher than in 25 other industrialized countries—combined. Over 75% of these killings are unintentional. Fatalities are not the only gunshot-related consequences that befall American youth. More than 20,000 children go to emergency rooms with gun injures every year. Statistical data, however startling, cannot adequately convey the experience of child gun violence. Many of the kids who are suffering and dying from gunshot wounds are innocent, with no idea of what has happened to them. Those surviving are often emotionally damaged—permanently. Wounds that never heal. Kindle Version
Building Power, Changing Lives: The Story of Virginia Organizing. What does it take to build a successful, diverse, powerful grassroots organization in a state that once housed the Capitol of the Confederacy? Virginia Organizing has been working for 20 years to build power and create change all across the state of Virginia—starting in the farthest region from Richmond to empower directly affected people whose voices are often drowned out by systemic oppression and traditional political power structures. From a local campaign in 1998 to diversify an all-white jury pool in Lee County to Virginia Organizing leaders being arrested for immigration reform in Washington, D.C. in 2014, Building Power, Changing Lives: The Story of Virginia Organizing tells the story of how one growing organization is persistently working for long-term, sustainable change in Virginia. Ruth Berta and Amanda Leonard Pohl. Published 2015. Please listen to this interview with Joe Szakos from Virgina Organizing Project from Wade’s World on Jan 8th, 2016 at KABF.org to learn more about their great work.
Global Grassroots: Perspectives on International Organizing. A compilation edited by ACORN founder, and Social Policy editor Wade Rathke. With essays from organizers new and old, Global Grassroots looks at the emerging consensus – and emerging differences – in the field of organizing.
The Battle for the Ninth Ward: ACORN, the Rebuilding of New Orleans, and the Lessons of Disasters. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, urban planners, pundits and corporate power-brokers wrote off the iconic Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans as uninhabitable for its African-American community, who were denied the right of return to the homes they had lived in for generations. Two years on the Lower Ninth, the touchstone for every debate about the city’s future, has become a unique example of success in a city still struggling to reconstruct itself. In this agenda-setting new book, Wade Rathke tells the story of this popular struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds, from the perspective of those at the heart of the fight to save New Orleans for its people.
Lessons from the Field: Organizing in Rural Communities. A new collection of essays by organizers, brought to you by Social Policy Magazine. Lessons from the Field captures the unique nature of organizing in rural communities, and outlines successful campaigns and strategies with national impact. The essays include hard-earned stories of reflection and experience from lifelong organizers while bringing together a diverse range of voices from across America to examine the challenges and opportunities for building progressive movements in the “red states.”
Social Policy Magazine
For over 30 years, Social Policy has served as key site for intellectual exchange among progressive academics and activists from across the United States and beyond, including: Frances Fox Piven, Jonathan Kozol, Noam Chomsky, Marian Wright Edelman, Ivan Illich, Stanley Aronowitz, Michael Lerner, Gloria Steinem, and many more.
Now published by The Labor Neighbor Research and Training Center in cooperation with the Organizers’ Forum, Social Policy reports on and analyzes contemporary movements for social change in the workplace, the community, and the world.
“It is time to call for justice with the rage of ancient prophets and in the manner of wise men and women long ago. We must make every organizing campaign a local referendum on human rights…”
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Noam Chomsky, Janice Fine, S.M. Miller, Peter Olney, Frances Fox Piven, Heather Booth, Peter Dreier, Maya Wiley, Robert Fisher, Ashutosh Saxena.
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