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After deciding you want to change the world (or a small part of it), what do you do? Join an established organization or start from scratch? First, you need to know if there is a suitable existing group, and The Activist's Almanac is a good place to start. Author Walls has examined 105 organizations that meet the following criteria: the group has a national scope, it promotes individual involvement, its membership is open to the general public, it is not a political party, and it is oriented toward changing policy rather than providing direct services. Entries are arranged in ten broad subject categories that cover the entire political, economic, environmental, and social spectrum, and then in order of founding. Each section begins with a historic overview, including time lines of significant legislation affecting the subject. The organization profiles include basic information plus detailed sections on background, current priorities, members, structure, resources, publications, and services. Additional readings are noted in both the entries and the lengthy annotated bibliography. This almanac is a useful tool for those who want to contribute money to certain causes, for job searchers in the nonprofit sector, and for organizations seeking technical assistance or affiliation from other organizations, as well as for activists. Highly recommended. How To Save Your Neighborhood, City, or Town is a guide for starting an advocacy campaign from scratch. It is geared toward environmental organizations, but any grassroots group would find it useful. The book is divided into two sections: how to organize the community and how to run and win political campaigns. Some of the same information can be found in Kim Bobo and others' Organizing for Social Change ( LJ 5/15/91). An appendix lists national environmental organizations. Recommended for most public libraries. (Illustrations not seen.)-- Elizabeth McKenty, Foundation Ctr., New York
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Book Description Fireside, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110671746340