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Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies, and Advice for Changing Our World

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Recent waves of social activism like the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter show that you can fight city hall--or any other powerful entity for that matter. Now comes the playbook for citizen activists wanting to improve the world around them from Nick Licata, admired Seattle city councilmember and one of the city’s most effective leaders of political and social change ...more
Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Sasquatch Books
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Jan 03, 2017 added it
Meh. It was ok. I enjoyed reading the stories about Seattle's politics, but as many commenters have stated, this book seemed to recount the author's experiences and successes as an activist (from the position of an elected official) rather than giving concrete advice for the average joe to change the world. Many people don't have the time to put into attending rallies or giving press conferences, or they have jobs (e.g., in government) where being too visible politically would be problematic. It ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: seattle
This is not "Rules for Radicals", but a guide on working within the political system to create non-revolutionary change. It's more interesting for its stories of Seattle's politics than for what the book's title suggests it will be.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Best for: People who have literally never thought about how to be an activist. As in, have never heard of petitions, don’t know about public forums, have never seen a protest.

In a nutshell: Former Seattle City Council member Nick Licata shares his tips for making change in the world, as illustrated by many, many, many Seattle-based anecdotes.

Line that sticks with me: N/A

Why I chose it: Mr. Licata is a local politician and this book looked like it could be interesting.

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Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a good one for an introduction to citizen activism. If you are already experienced in community organizing, protest, or other civic activities it would be a good resource to have on hand for new participants.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
more 2.5 -- this has some good tips and ideas throughout, but it skews heavily toward stories and anecdotal support rather than strategies or advice or any real explanation of how to go about half this stuff. it's also very seattle-centric, and the lack of mention of some groups like BLM seemed really werid. also, comments like how it was amicable for the cops to not shoot anyone despite taking the safeties off their guns? that's just. horrifying, really. I think the further reading section is p ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Rules for the Less-Radical …

This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book.

When Saul Alinsky wrote “Rules for Radicals” in 1971, he outlined activism as an “us vs them” (have/have nots) conflict. While the book’s tactical blueprint has been successfully used by activists and politicians for decades, it’s become somewhat dated, stale and (gasp) somewhat impractical nowadays. With BECOMING A CITIZEN ACTIVIST, former Seattle Councilman Nick Licata att
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Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book. A little too liberal sometimes, but definitely on the side of progress. The highlight of the book is all the stories Nick shares of times he's learned from other people's activism, he even shares stories of the times he was wrong about something, and it all works because it adds authenticity to his advice and an air of experience; he knows what he's saying because it has worked for him or he's seen it work for others.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Not exactly what I was looking for, but it was short with some helpful points and several stories of change from Seattle.
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