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TITLE

Ralph Nader's Practicing Democracy 1997: A Guide to Student Action, Revised Edition

AUTHOR

Katherine Isaac

PUBLISHER

St. Martin's Press

YEAR

1997

PAGES

112

MEDIA

ORDER

St. Martin's Press, Inc. 175 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10010

LANGUAGE

BOOKSTORES


ANNOTATION

This is a revised edition of the original "Ralph Nader Presents Practicing Democracy: A Guide to Student Action", published in 1995. Like the copy before it, this book is built on the premise that a healthy democracy requires not only the right to participate in the political system, but that its citizens constantly exercise and expand those rights and opportunities. This means more than merely exercising one's right to vote; it requires a daily engagement in debate to safeguard and expand democracy's rights and freedoms. This book offers students an updated overview of the tools and techniques available to citizens wishing to engage in the democratic process. These techniques include lobbying legislation, waging strikes for workplace rights, and conducting demonstrations and boycotts against unfair corporate practices. There are three main essays written by three very different politicians supplied at the beginning of the book, offering diverse perspectives on what it means to become involved in the political process. One essay is by Former Senator Paul Wellstone, another by Former Republican National Chair Committee chairperson Richard Bond, and the third from consumer advocate Ralph Nader. Included also are sections on the courts, on the media, on fundraising, and further resources listing a wide variety of organizations from elderly organizations to community organizing.

NOTES

NUMBER

203

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