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The Popular Education and Community Organizing Collection Annotated Bibliography

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TITLE

Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy

AUTHOR

Rinku Sen

PUBLISHER

Jossey-Bass

YEAR

2003

PAGES

211

MEDIA

ORDER

(Available at most bookstores) Jossey-Bass A Wiley Imprint 989 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

LANGUAGE

BOOKSTORES

www.highlandercenter.org#http://www.highlandercenter.org#

ANNOTATION

The author argues two things in the preface to this book: first, that "today's social, political, and economic context, characterized by global capitalism, a resurgent conservative movement, and the continued role of racism and sexism in world society, requires a deeper strategic capacity than most organizations have today;" and, second, that "although organizing among the people suffering from these systems is more important than ever, the range of political skills required of us goes far beyond recruiting members and planning creative actions." Thus, she highlights the need for movement leaders and community organizers to be clear about the problems they will be facing, know and utilize solid evidence to support their cause, and recognize and feel comfortable with the dominant importance of media outreach. The book is written for people who are thinking about or who are already involved in organizing. The body of the book is composed of nine chapters. They are: 1. New Realities, Integrated Strategies 2. Organizing New Constituencies 3. Picking the Good Fight 4. Ready, Set, Action! 5. Leading the Way 6. Take Back the Facts 7. United We Stand 8. Speaking the Truth to Power 9. Education for Engagement The end of the book contains resources, references, and an index. Although there are a fair amount of exercises, worksheets, and "exhibits" woven throughout the chapters, the book is text dominated and takes a "community organizing" rather than a "popular education" approach. Chapters are broken up into subsections, including "principals" at the beginning, and a number of "illustrations" or topic subsections.

NOTES

NUMBER

167

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