Community Organizing Books: A Reading List for the Resistance

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I’ve started to write a book about how to organize for the progressive change from the bottom up. You can sign up to hear when in launches HERE.

We need to be working on this stuff no matter who the president is and not let fear paralyze us.

I’ve dug up a few dozen books on this top to help with my research on this topic. Below you will find the best community organizing books I’ve discovered so far.
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How to Win an Election

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Democracy is NOT a Spectator Sport

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Have you ever wondered why almost every attempt to get a majority of the public involved in anything that matters has failed?

Most Americans can’t even be bothered to vote and those of us that do make it to the polls every other year still tend to not take any other action to participate in the democratic process.

We’re busy. We’re distracted. The system is complicated. Most of us don’t think it works for us anyway…
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How to Create Cities for Everyone

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This is one of my favorite quotes from Jane Jacobs’ classic book The Death and Life of Great American Cities:

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

We all know that citizen participation and collaboration is essential to building and developing cities that meet the needs of their residents.

Unfortunately, 54 years after Jacobs’ book was published we are still shamefully ineffective at including everyone in the creation of our cities.
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