6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2007
Joan Minieri and Paul Getsos are community organizers. They built Community Voices Heard with low-income women. In this book they tell us how they did it -- the big ideas, the strategies, and the step-by-step actions. They chart how to recruit leadership, give advice about tracking members, urge us to take the time to reflect on our field work so we better understand what people tell us.
This 438 page book is not meant to be read or swollowed whole. At least I can't do that. I use a chapter or just a couple of pages with board, staff, and volunteers as a task guide. Or I hand it to an intern and say, "See if you can find some good advice for us in here."
If your group gets stuck sometimes, if you ever get stuck, this book has a lot of useful tools to get moving again.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2009
As a retired labor organizer from a major union, I have never been able to recommend anything for folks to read except Saul Alinsky's, Rules for Radicals. Although I still think anyone interested should make this their first read, I strongly recommend Tools for Radical Democracy as their working text. It is thorough and has many "ready to go" forms for those who have never done community organizing.
Hats off to the authors...let's go organize!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2012
Based in the real life experience of very skilled community activists whose desire is to share their knowledge. Buy this book and spread the ideas that people working together can create positive change in our neighborhoods.