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Kudos to authors Anneke Campbell and Thomas Linzey for their uplifting book, which examines how local communities can take back their power. The key, according to the authors, is bold self-governance, whereby citizens openly challenge corporate power to assume the reigns themselves. As a community leader, a congressional candidate in California's 36th district, I was most interested in reading about Spokane's campaign to rewrite the city's Home Rule Charter - "to drive legally enforceable rights for neighborhoods, people, and nature directly into the structure of the city government itself." During these challenging economic times, when so much of our taxpayer money is drained to pay for counter-productive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is refreshing to read a book that discusses how cities can address the urgent needs of their citizens to breathe clean air, work in healthy environments, and protect their open space. Towards the end of the book, the authors explore the undermining of constitutional rights by corporations granted private power, as though these business entities are persons, not corporations. Perhaps if enough Americans read "Be the Change," we can turn this notion of corporations as individual private actors around and set our country on a sustainable course. I recommend "Be the Change" for anyone thinking about getting involved in their community.

Well-done!

(Marcy Winograd Congressional candidate 2010-01-21)

From the Back Cover

Take control of your community!

Be the Change is a revolutionary handbook that shows everyday citizens how to stand up and take control of their local governments. With assistance from Thomas Linzey and the cutting-edge methodology of his Democracy School, this book will teach you how to achieve true self-governance and help provide ecosystems with the inalienable right to exist and flourish.

ThomasLinzey, a graduate of Widener University School of Law, is a cofounder of both the Daniel Pennock Democracy School and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. He is a frequent presenter to groups and governments, including Bioneers. Anneke Campbellis a writer and documentary filmmaker who has worked for many years to advance the causes of justice and respect for all humanity and the environment.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Second Edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423605616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423605614
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marcy Winograd on November 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Kudos to authors Anneke Campbell and Thomas Linzey for their uplifting book, which examines how local communities
can take back their power. The key, according to the authors, is bold self-governance, whereby citizens openly challenge
corporate power to assume the reigns themselves. As a community leader, a congressional candidate in California's 36th district, I was
most interested in reading about Spokane's campaign to rewrite the city's Home Rule Charter - "to drive legally enforceable rights for neighborhoods, people, and nature directly into the structure of the city government itself." During these challenging economic times, when so much of our taxpayer
money is drained to pay for counter-productive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is refreshing to read a book that discusses how cities can
address the urgent needs of their citizens to breathe clean air, work in healthy environments, and protect their open space. Towards the
end of the book, the authors explore the undermining of constitutional rights by corporations granted private power, as though these business
entitites are persons, not corporations. Perhaps if enough Americans read Be the Change, we can turn this notion of corporations as individual private actors
around and set our country on a sustainable course. I recommend Be the Change for anyone thinking about getting involved in their community.

Well-done!

Marcy Winograd
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It's filled with inspiring stories about small communities standing up for themselves and saying no to corporations. I have 2 main issues with it though:
1- The stories, while different, go in a very similar direction. SPOILER ALERT?: With every story, the community is screwed up until CELDF shows up and saves the day!
2- My real issue with this book is the light they show the stories in. They never bother showing what happens to a community once they've kicked the big bad corporation out. Did they support themselves and achieve economic stability at all? How so? Were they experiencing poverty beforehand? The book doesn't really talk about much of this stuff, which makes it kind of difficult to apply the ideas successfully in the real world I think.

But hey, I just bought it because it was an assigned reading. I'm not really the go-to person on this topic.
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Great book. Very inspirational and very realistic. Great resource for anyone disgusted with what our corporately co-opted government has gotten us and a straight-forward manuel for how to get what we want in our communities nation-wide. Democracy at its finest. I'd recommend this to anyone fed up with going through the traditional channels or anyone who has given up hope that we can get our governing bodies to do what we want them to do. The book teaches you loud and clear: down with corporations and down with corporate personhood! It's time to stand up and fight!
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