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Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Save Our Democracy

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American democracy is seemingly in retreat. Voting rates are at an all time low, citizens are disillusioned, and inequality continues to soar. But there is also a belief that change is possible. Calling All Radicals argues that we can reclaim our democracy in the old fashioned way — through grassroots organizing. Gabriel Thompson draws upon his own experience of working wi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Nation Books (first published September 27th 2007)
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A 'how to guide' for beginning organizers.

I have very little exposure to the world of organizing and this is an excellent primmer, assigned to me by a seminar professor. Gabriel Thompson's break down of what organizing is, why it is important, and how to go about doing it provides a compelling tale for individuals either wanting to take on a career in organizing, or, better understand alternative routes to accomplishing political, social, economic ends.

I am still grappling with organizing as a m
It was a comforting read since it is kind of a manual for how to go about tenant organizing, which is what I am trying to do. There was a particularly interesting chapter about the organizing that went into the bus boycott.
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I spent five years as a community organizer in Brooklyn before moving into writing. Thus far I've written about low-wage childcare workers, controversial anti-poverty initiatives, hedge funds, Ultimate Fighting, police shootings, organizing campaigns, and some other stuff. My primary focus, though, is immigrants.

My reporting on immigrants can be a lot of fun. In the course of writing I've had the
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