New Guide: Democracy Owner’s Manual

Posted by on April 5, 2002

The Democracy Center On-Line Volume 43 – March 30, 2002
CHANGING THE WORLD (including free advocacy materials on-line)

New from The Democracy Center and Rutgers University Press
It is with great pleasure that The Democracy Center announces the
publication of its new comprehensive guide to citizen advocacy – “The
Democracy Owners’ Manual – A Practical Guide to Changing the World”.
Writing and publishing this book has been our primary project for three
years. It is what the advocates we have trained, worldwide, have been
asking for, for many years.

“The Democracy Owners’ Manual”, published by Rutgers University Press,
is really two books in one. First, it covers the most basic debates
that citizen advocates face – taxes and budgets, environmental
protection, health reform, civil rights and more – offering readers a
solid analysis and a preview of the arguments on both sides. Second,
the book is a hands-on guide to the tools of citizen activism – strategy
development, organizing, coalition building, lobbying, using the
Internet and more – illustrated with dozens of real stories of advocacy
in action. “The Democracy Owners’ Manual” is based on more than twenty
years of leading advocacy campaigns and training activists, working with
many of you who read this newsletter and with you directly in mind.
Immigrants fighting for their rights, parents working to improve local
schools, international activists challenging the injustices of
globalization, advocates for health reform, environmentalists taking on
big polluters – this book was written for you and in it you will find
many of your own stories. The book is also a one-of-a-kind text, for
university courses in political science, public health, urban studies,
environmental studies, public administration, and other fields, based on
my own teaching at San Francisco State University.


Please preview the book today at The Democracy Center’s homepage. Here,
in addition to a direct link to order the book on-line (at a special 20%
discount for Democracy Center readers), you will also find a new set of
free advocacy training materials and newsletter inserts which we just
developed to accompany the book, and also a set of university curricula
modules on policy and advocacy:
For those interested you can also read a new review of the book
published last week in the Sacramento Bee:

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