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review 2017-01-30 17:02
There are better manuals elsewhere.
Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism - Winona LaDuke,Amy Richards,Jennifer Baumgardner

Billed as a 'A Field Guide for Feminist Activism' this sounded like a rather timely and interesting read. It showed up in some article or post about books to read about activism and luckily my library readily had a copy. However, I'm pretty sure there much be better guides out there.

 

As other reviews note, there are interesting bits and pieces and might make a great "starter" manual if one is completely unfamiliar with organizing. But it's not without it's problems. Just about every chapter has stories from the two authors about their own personal experiences. Sorry, I don't know who these two authors are and really don't care about their experiences. I fit had been limited to just an introduction or preface that outlined how they were going to explain the next chapters then that might have worked. Otherwise it was information that wasn't really interesting or relevant to me.

 

And as other reviews note, a lot of the suggestions really require resources that one may not have. It's difficult to survive if you've taken an unpaid internship and have rent to pay (plus food you need to eat, gas/insurance for a car, etc.). It can be hard to know what connections to leverage (or even make those connections in the first place!) to get the resources/face time/etc. to speak with major influencers and networkers. Or how to handle things when you don't necessarily agree with a mission/person/group, etc. but how to listen to their concerns/needs, etc.

 

It might not be a bad primer for some, but after reading other reviews it confirmed to me that while this might not be a bad starting place but it should not be the only resource one has. It's also been more than 10 years since it was published and could really use an updated version.

 

Library or cheap bargain buy but if there are other resources out there (such as the internet) then this would absolutely not be my first recommendation.

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url 2015-12-11 05:35
Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot
Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot (The Knight Cycle) (Volume 6) - Michael J. Bowler

The future looks bleak unless eighteen-year-old Lance and his New Camelot Earth Warriors can save the planet from catastrophic climate change.

Spurred by twelve year-olds Billy, Enya, Itzamna, and his ten-year-old brother, Chris, Lance creates a branch of Earth Warriors, a youth-led movement designed to save the earth from its greatest enemy – greed.

His involvement leads to Earth Warrior crews springing up all across America. Millions of kids leap into action, paralyzing the country and alarming the rich and powerful.

Having adopted his father’s philosophy of doing what’s right, rather than what’s easy, Lance makes serious enemies when he calls out New Camelot donors who represent fossil fuel or other polluting industries, and then barely escapes a series of "accidents” designed to kill him.

When he challenges the United States Congress to step up and act immediately on the climate crisis, the attacks on him escalate. With the majority of America's kids on his side, Lance and his young Earth Warriors prepare for the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Paris, where they will call upon world leaders to stop talking about sustainability and start acting on it.

But whoever wants him dead isn't giving up. Will Lance and his crew live long enough to even get to Paris?

Warrior Kids is a standalone tale set within the Children of the Knight universe.

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review 2013-02-25 00:00
Inner Visions: Grassroots Stories of Truth and Hope
Inner Visions: Grassroots Stories of Truth and Hope - Jan Thrope Some really good, uplifting an encouraging community stories. A lovely change from the many sad things happening in the world. Highly recommended. Review upcoming!
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review 2013-02-24 00:00
Turn It Up - Emma Hillman Reviewed by: Lucy
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Rated: 3.5 hearts

Check out the review at: Hearts On Fire Reviews
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review 2012-07-12 00:00
Live It Up (Grassroots Series, Book Three)
Live It Up - Emma Hillman I like this series.
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