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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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Sep 18, 2012 Adam rated it liked it
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
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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 have spent most of the past decade working as an independent journalist, writing feature articles about immigration, labor, and organizing for a variety of publications that include the New York Times, Harper’s, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review, New York, Mother Jones, and The Nation. Most of my magazine writing can be found at

I'm the author of four books, each with
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