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Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism Paperback – December 23, 2004
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“To that nice young woman in Liberty, Missouri, who asked me how she could become a world-changing activist: Read Grassroots!” ―Barbara Ehrenreich
“Have you ever wanted to make a difference but didn't know how? Grassroots is the book you've been waiting for. Using examples drawn from progressive and feminist campaigns all over the country, Veteran activists Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards explain how to organize your friends, your community, and most important, yourself.” ―Katha Pollitt
“A booster shot of inspiration, Grassroots reaches out to activists of all generations. Jennifer and Amy have not only shared the secrets of their and others' success but just as importantly, they've recorded the mistakes they've all made. I related to so much of it--especially the mistakes--and by showing the fits and starts of real life activism, Grassroots will help readers to both sustain their enthusiasm for social justice work and be more effective as a result.” ―Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes
“Grassroots contains useful information about how to create change in our communities, and is an inspiring reminder to every day citizens that with the right tools they can transform their communities. This terrific book is an important addition to the field of community organizing.” ―Wilma Mankiller, former Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation
“For anyone who has ever asked, 'What could I possibly do to make a difference?,' Grassroots proves the short answer is, 'a lot!' My thanks to Baumgardner and Richards for helping keep hope and activism alive with this provocative handbook.” ―Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
“Manifesta is a breath of fresh air. At last, Gen X takes on feminism and revamps a feminist manifesto for a new era. A jolt, a resource, a timeline, and a challenge, Manifesta is a readable, well-informed, and necessary to any young woman--or man--who craves gender equality.” ―Naomi Wolf on Manifesta
“[The authors] have sorted out the fruits of this wave of feminism--intended and unintended, media mess and truth--for a new generation. With wit and honesty, Manifesta shows us the building blocks of the future of this longest revolution.” ―Gloria Steinem on Manifesta
“Great news from the front--feminism lives! Bold, independent, generous, and cautionary, Manifesta leaves no doubt that for a new generation of women the F-word is not only speakable but shoutable and singable. To learn the tune and catch the beat, read this book.” ―Alix Kates Shulman on Manifesta
“Manifesta is another step toward the empowerment of women. If caring about women matters, this book matters.” ―Andrea Dworkin on Manifesta
“A reasoned and passionate call to action and an exciting how-to guide for both burgeoning and seasoned Third Wave feminists.” ―Eleanor J. Bader, Library Journal on Manifesta
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I know that it would have been a gift for me to have had the book around as a kid, but I keep it on my bookshelf as an adult because of all the amazing resources in the appendices' (I'll admit it - I flipped it open and emailed almsot all the NYC based organizations for jobs when I first got here) and for the dose of encouragement and ideas every once in awhile.
As far as I'm concerned, Amy and Jennifer are bona fide activist experts, despite the disparaging, jaded reviews. Not all feminists have to have the same style of activism or writing and what's so great about grassroots is whether you're experienced or not, whether you're up on your bell hooks or judith butler or not, you can use this book.
However, if you are interested in becoming involved in a movement, or making even the slightest change in your environment, this is a must-read. The authors use real life examples of how young women used their own talents and resources to make a positive change. Sure, some of the examples/stories do focus on unattainable resources for most of us, but others are easily obtained by any student (such as how to start your own feminist high school elective).
Either way, the authors SUCCESSFULLY show the reader how to begin thinking of your own personal talents and the resources available to you, or to those you know, in order to make a difference. It is not only informative and inspiring, but it is followed by a comprehensive resource list in the back. The resources alone are worth the price of the book.
The authors major principle of community leadership is that you can be a feminist activist, with the tools you have available to you, and it can be part of your life - now, today, wherever you are. They do this by telling story after story in a reporter-style explanation of how women from various walks of life did things - organized events, actions, organizations, careers, art, and more - that were expressions of feminism-in-action. Some of the actions were all-consuming for several years, like the start of V-Day and the Vagina Monologues as a phenomenon, and others far less so, like a campus feminist group bringing a speaker to campus. But the authors are utterly uninterested in judging any activism more or less useful. What they are interested in is helping feminists, be they female or male, understand that they can be activists, and that if everyone did what they could, when they could, the world would be a very different place.
An element of the book that I particularly like is that they take the organizing potential of youth in high school very seriously and back it up with concrete examples of young women they've met and interviewed. I also sincerely appreciate the chapter on activist art. The authors are forthright about their own and other's failures in activism without creating a pity party. The book is easy to read without oversimplifying complexities in theory or in life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book for a women's studies class a few years ago. While it was useful to the course, it was also a very good read. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Briana Covington
Although written with Feminism in mind, the information in this book could be applied to ANY campaign of activism. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ava Collopy Books
In Grassroots: a Field Guide for Feminist Activism, Amy Richards and Jennifer Braumgardener have written a researched how women can create change for social justice in their daily... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Frida
I wish I had this book when I was in high school. I find it very inspiring and full of great ideasPublished on April 19, 2013 by Jade Nelson
This book is definitely written for more of a mainstream audience of say, 15-25 year olds who are primarly white and middle class. Read morePublished on December 21, 2006 by J. Aragon
to speak bluntly, this book was a piece of crap. it was demeaning to me, as a feminist. these two women talk about the "problems" with privilege and yet the entire book reeks of... Read morePublished on December 19, 2005 by Judy L. Shaffer
It bothered me reading about how these 2 white women did activism, but after reading a few chapters, I began appreciate how much they've done and know.Published on October 12, 2005 by M. Oja