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Youth to Power: How Today's Young Voters Are Building Tomorrow's Progressive Majority Paperback – February 1, 2008

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In this quick, matter-of-fact analysis of current youth participation in politics, Music for America co-founder, Connery argues that we are in the midst of a revival of youth civic involvement. Enabled by the internet, grassroots organizers are engaging youth and completing the work abandoned by the Democratic Party and mainstream progressives. Having organized get-out-the-vote efforts in 2004 and blogged about youth politics for various progressive web sites, Connery approaches his subject with an authority that is simultaneously his greatest strength and greatest liability. Insider knowledge informs stellar reporting of the rift between grassroots hip-hop activists and celebrity moguls such as Russell Simmons ("In more ways than one, Simmons was and still is quite literally selling civic engagement to black youth along with soft drinks and sneakers."). However the author's attachment to his topic also feeds a tendency to descend into lengthy, acronym-laden dissections of the histories of youth political organizations and their minute workings. Such sections may interest progressive organizers and politicians looking for an overview of the youth voting landscape-and with an election on the horizon, such a release is timely-but may put-off the casual reader.
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About the Author

Michael Connery is a co-founder of Music for America, a youth Get Out The Vote organization that worked with artists and music communities in the 2004 and 2006 elections. He is a weekend writer on the popular political blog MyDD and blogs full-time about progressive youth organizing at Future Majority ( www.futuremajority.com).
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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Ig Publishing (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978843134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978843137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,698,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Connery is well-placed to write the history of the emerging progressive youth movement. He has, after all, been near the heart of it almost since its birth in the years preceding the '04 election.

Youth to Power is an engaging history of the lessons, mis-steps, and huge successes of the dozens of organizations and thousands of grassroots leaders across the country who comprise the new progressive movement.

This book is a recommended read for anyone working in youth politics -- and anyone who wants to figure out how a progressive majority is possible in America.
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Youth to Power is a very well-written, brief history of youth-focused political organizing, with a focus on the 2004 election cycle. It profiles some of the key players in the space and makes a cogent argument for why progressive leaders should focus on youth. As the director of a nonpartisan organization in the space, I found Youth to Power to be indespensible. I recommend it to many people, especially those who think they are in the know but really have little sense of the role youth and youth organizing play in electoral politics.
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Mike Connery's Youth to Power is the best documentation you will find on how the youth of America is being organized to have a major impact on the 2008 election. His tireless reporting and in person experiences perfectly capture this new movement in American politics--the rise of the Millennial Generation. If you want to avoid being surprised by the youth vote and its power in 2008, read the truths Connery uncovers in the course of this excellent book.
Morley Winograd
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Not sure why everyone wants to indoctrinate my generation into their way of thinking. This country prospers off individuality, different opinions, and unique ideas. There will always be plenty of youth that lean liberal and plenty that lean conservatives. Some young democrats and republicans will lean progressive, which in my opinion has a nasty history of racism & class warfare. Why not teach the youth about the importance of voting and staying informed, instead of trying to influence every thought they have? Books like this are why the youth along with the rest of the country are no longer trusting of the media. They always have an agenda. I have nothing against anyone for writing a book like this, and I would defend his freedom to do so, but I don't find it to be an effective way to get the youth to trust his party affiliations or to vote with them.
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