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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press; 1 edition (March 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932360085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932360080
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These ideas turned into action can prove that democracy works.
Jan Stenftenagel
Hopefully enough people will read this book, and little by little, our country will be run by the people, for the people, just as our forefathers imagined.
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This book is fantastic -- entertaining, enlightening, and most of all, inspiring.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anna Lappe on March 19, 2004
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It's easy to feel discouraged. Every day we learn something new about how our government has consistently lied to the American public. It's easy to feel powerless. But after reading this book -- and learning the amazing stories of everyday people around this country who stood up for what they believed in -- I swear, you will be inspired. Those in power want to stay in power, and one of their most effective tactics is making the majority of us who want to see regime change feel apathetic. This book is sure-fire antidote. Read it and pass it on.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2004
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THIS BOOK COULD SWING THE ELECTION! Just when you thought you were down with all the impossible-sounding idealistic liberal and progressive day-dreamers, here comes this ACTION PACKED book on how to ACTUALLY MAKE CHANGE! Coming from renowned underground and grassroots activists who normally shun the electoral system, now they convince and inspire us to work within the system by telling actual success stories of how people made substantial progressive change by swinging local to national elections. It is an easy read, really fun, quick, quippy and exciting. Definitely not long and boring politics book. This has a special appeal to youth to stand up and it will give you a lot of ideas to chew on and probably feel pretty good about. GET IT!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Zahara Heckscher on April 2, 2004
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This book is fantastic -- entertaining, enlightening, and most of all, inspiring. It's an incredible lift for anyone who is feeling frustrated, discouraged or depressed about the current political situation. Much better than Prozac. I loved the user friendly format, stories I could relate to, and the humor, especially the wacky mini-interviews. Buy one for yourself and 10 for your friends. It's that good.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 16, 2004
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if there's anything in the world that could convince people who are disillusioned with the electoral process that voting actually matters, it's this book. In the immortal words of John Belushi: Don't get mad, get even. Sign up at their website [...] to network with activists in your area, and make an impact on your country
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12 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Rector on June 23, 2004
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How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office is a guide for young political activists. Despite its title, this is a book that all young people who is engaged in politics at the grassroots level can use to their profit regardless of their ideological persuasion. All 12 co-authors are activists who also have normal lives which stands in contrast to so many previous books on political activism that make it sound like you have to devote your entire life to politics.
This is a book about making politics both fun and effective and those who read it should find it most useful both this and future election years.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne M. Brown on April 6, 2004
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Ok, ok so i'm a co-editor of this book but i also have to say that i just reread the whole thing altogether for the first time since we sent it to the printer and the hard work that all these writers and authors put into it just blows me away. Its a fantastic, touching book - you'll laugh and cry and then become a voter organizer in your neighborhodd, you'll go to indyvoter.org and sign up, you'll ask for it in every bookstore you enter, you'll buy it for friends and family, you'll sleep with it under your pillow. FOR REAL. Get your copy y'all. Do not sleep on the electoral revolution!!
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Schiller-Hanna VINE VOICE on April 25, 2004
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I got this book a few days ago and couldn't put it down.
I am recommending it to EVERYONE, including strangers.
I was a 60's demonstrator, and nothing since then has gotten
me this excited that CHANGE IS POSSIBLE. The tools, the
stories, the wisdom, the genuiness, the grass roots
feeling is all there.
Its not perfectly written, but its passion is fabulous.
Lets get together and save our country! This book is a
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on what they're up to, whether you get the book or not!
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Biography
Social entrepreneur, philanthropic consultant, journalist, and political organizer, Billy Wimsatt recently released his new book, Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation, and the Future of our Super Movement (Akashic Books, September 2010).

Wimsatt has written for Vibe, the Chicago Tribune and published five books with 100,000+ in print including Bomb the Suburbs, No More Prisons, and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office, winner of the 1999 Firecracker Book Award for Political Non-Fiction. He has spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, and was named by Utne Magazine as "Utne Visionary" and to The Source Magazine's "Power 30."

As a 2010 Fellow at Movement Strategy Center, Wimsatt runs The Field 3.0 Project, a community dialogue and documentation effort to envision the future and drive innovation in movement building.

He also runs All Hands On Deck, a voter engagement program targeting likely drop-off voters, focused in key battleground states (ie. NV, MO, OH, PA, IL). All Hands On Deck coordinates a 12 Week Plan to organize volunteers in the lead up the mid-term elections.

All Hands On Deck also works in partnership with youth groups (www.voteagain2010.org); the Coffee Party (www.coffeepartyusa.com), Salsa Labs (www.salsalabs.org), and runs creative programs such as: Local Voter Guides and Pennies For Democracy (www.penniesfordemocracy.org).

Previously, Wimsatt founded and ran the League of Young Voters (2003-2008) which organized 3000+ youth to create 300+ voter guides and impacted 29 state and local elections or pieces of legislation. In 2005, he co-founded Generational Alliance. Over his career as a funder and fundraiser, he has helped move more than eight million dollars to social change. In 2008, he created and ran the Ohio Youth Corps program for the Ohio Democratic Party/Obama For America, which trained and deployed 50 staff throughout Ohio.

Wimsatt has worked for Green For All, consulted for Rock The Vote, MoveOn.org, the Hull Family Foundation, The DC Project, The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing, and completed Rockwood's year-long course for executive leaders.

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