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Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government Paperback – August, 2004

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The U.S. currently faces a "crisis of democracy," leaving many citizens feeling cynical, impotent, and alienated from their government, writes Sam Daley-Harris in the 10th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy. The reasons for this problem are complex, but his remedy for solving it is both straightforward and profound: citizens must take responsibility for participating in their democracy. It is not enough to simply vote every two or four years; democracy requires diligent attention and active involvement. Daley-Harris does not believe that politicians deserve the disdain that is often heaped on them. It is up to citizens to inspire and educate their members of Congress about what is important to them. After all, they can't be expected to be experts on every issue.

Daley-Harris knows of what he speaks, for he has seen many jaded citizens transformed into powerful agents for social change. In 1980, he founded RESULTS, an international citizens' lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. Throughout the book he shares the stories of RESULTS volunteers who chose to get involved by first educating their representatives and then insisting that they make the elimination of poverty in the U.S. and around the world a priority. A practical how-to guide for activists, Reclaiming Our Democracy teaches readers how to build relationships with their legislators and their aides, regardless of political party, and how to generate media in order to educate the public as well as decision-makers. This inspiring and informative book helps citizens participate in their government and take the lead in solving the most daunting problems of our age. If you truly believe that a few committed people can't make a difference in the world, this book will change your mind. --Shawn Carkonen

About the Author

SAM DALEY-HARRIS married Shannon Daley in 1995 and changed his name from Harris to Daley-Harris. He is the founder of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, as well as director of the Educational Fund's largest project, the Microcredit Summit, a nine-year campaign to reach 100 million of the world's poorest families--especially the women of those families--with credit for self-employment and other financial and business services by the end of 2005. Daley-Harris lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, their son Micah, and their daughter Sophie.

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Camino Books; 10th Anniversary edition (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940159910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940159914
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Dickerson II on January 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic handbook for people who care about the state of today's world! Sam Daley-Harris provides inspiration for all of us with his simple suggestions on how we can live as the crew of spaceship earth, which, he points out, we are! He tells stories of how so many "ordinary" people have made a difference, just because they wrote a letter, called a newspaper editor, or did other sometimes challenging, sometimes mundane tasks. Anyone who wants to leave our children a better world than the one we see today should read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Tschampl on September 23, 2008
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More relevant than ever, Sam Daley-Harris shines a light on the how and why of making our democracy by, for and of the people. "Reclaiming our Democracy" tells the tale of a music teacher who was inspired by a report saying we have everything we need to end world hunger...except the political will. Therein begins a tremendous journey of empowering citizens which continues today and has sent ripples over the entire globe. Buy and read this book full of inspirational stories of everyday people making a huge different--you will not regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold H on November 6, 2013
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Sam Daley Harris has devoted his life to the rest of us. Reclaiming Democracy is a massive case study of how ordinary citizens can be empowered to take back our government from special interests. The 20th anniversary edition has an entire chapter on how Citizens Climate Lobby has used Harris' methods to double in size and impact every year since its founding.

There isn't a social benefit organization on the planet that shouldn't study this book, and work to put the methods into practice!
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